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Hundreds of Indonesian community leaders unite against palm oil for biofuels

More than two hundred Indonesian leaders of indigenous communities, farmers’ unions, smallholder organizations and human rights groups, have signed a petition addressed to the EU Council and the Indonesian Presidency against the use of palm oil in biofuels.
EU European Agricultural Policy

EU agri-policy diary (May 21-25): Foreign Affairs Council on trade and EU Green Week 2018

Next week the Foreign Affairs Council is expected to adopt a decision recommending the opening of negotiations on free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand. 
EU European Agricultural Policy

UK concerned that palm oil ban will affect defence contracts

Internal emails from the UK’s Ministry of Defence have revealed concern among government officials that potential fighter jet sales to Malaysia could be adversely affected by the proposed EU ban on palm oil-based biofuels.

Asia Pacific Europe

Do not drive crop-based biofuels out of the market – Visegrad Group+3 declaration

No proposal to force crop-based biofuels out of the market should be accepted, as that would be a step in the wrong direction away from the Paris Agreement, according to a statement signed by Eastern European countries.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Timeline: Is Europe gradually abandoning palm oil?

The popularity of palm oil, a versatile ingredient used in about half of all products on Europe’s supermarket shelves, is gradually waning. Growing awareness of the environmental destruction caused by palm oil harvesting, and the health concerns around the oil, is leading ever more companies to remove it from their lines and policymakers to tighten the regulatory noose.

Europe International

Irish citizens’ proposal for agricultural carbon tax is a ‘no go’ for farmers

A proposal from the Irish Citizens' Assembly's to introduce a tax on agricultural emissions in Ireland has drawn sharp criticism from the country’s main farming organisations, who call the measure a “no go” and a “completely daft idea”.

Environment and Conservation Tax Policy

Parliament plenary overwhelmingly backs EU protein strategy

EU cultivation of soya and other grain protein crops should be made more profitable and competitive within the framework of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), MEPs said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

European Parliament backs key climate change regulations for agriculture and forestry

By 2030, the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions from farming, transport, buildings and waste should be reduced by 30% and the CO2 emitted and absorbed by forestry and land use need to be balanced out.

Environment and Conservation EU

EIB lending programme invests €1 billion in agriculture and bio-economy sectors

The European Investment Bank is setting up a large-scale lending programme that aims to unlock €1 billion in investments to address the existing market weaknesses that are constraining many companies active in the agriculture and bio-economy industries.

Budget and Financing Agribusiness
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