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36 CSOs send Open Letter to the European Commission President (EN/FR/ES)

Civil society organisations, in the areas of farming, fisheries, environment, animal welfare, health, consumers, consumer co-operatives, development, social justice, climate, and forestry, wrote the European Commission President to seek a new direction in the way food policies are made and priorities are set.The time for action is now: daring to change the way we make […]


EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health malfunctions

There is a clear malfunctioning of the EU Platform on diet, physical activity & health, as highlighted by BEUC, EPHA, and 5 other NGOs. SAFE was rejected after 2 years in waiting despite being awarded Best Practice for its Sugar Project by Commissioners Hogan, Navracsics and Andriukaitis during the Tartu Call Award ceremony. Read details […]


NGOs call for a European Commission Vice President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems

In an open letter to the lead candidates, 32 NGOs (including SAFE) call on the next European Commission President to put an EU food policy in place. The organizations also called for a European Commission Vice-President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems. Read the full letter here: in EN, […]


Joint letter to demand the removal of E171 from the EU list of permitted food additives

On 3rd May, SAFE and 8 EU NGOs (BEUC, CIEL, ECOS, EEB, FoodWatch International, HEAL, HEJ, WECF) sent a letter supported by 30 national NGOs to Vice-President Jyrki Kaitanen urging the European Commission and Member States not to oppose the French decision to ban the white colouring E171 (titanium dioxide), which has frequently been pointed […]


Food safety in the future EU budget (2021-2027)

On June 7, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a new Single Market Programme, which also addresses food policies. Specific objectives include: supporting sustainable food production & consumption by reducing food waste; improving the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of official controls all along the food chain; supporting policies to increase animal welfare. Read more here.


Pesticide Dependency Reductions must become one of the success indicators of the Common Agricultural Policy

On the 1st of June, the European Commission has published its legislative proposals and its impact assessment on CAP reform. Within the hundreds of pages of documents, pesticide use reduction is not mentioned once. Read PAN Europe’s press release here.


Insufficient consideration for food issue in CAP

The Commission is due to unveil its next Common Agriculture Policy on June 1st and Olivier De Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right for food and co-chair of the international expert panel IPES-Food, calls on the European Commission to lay the foundations for a Common Food Policy. The food dimension is not sufficiently […]


EU Commission wants new powers to vet product safety

On April 11, the European Commission proposed giving itself new powers to request scientific studies on the safety of products, in an effort to quell public concerns that industry has too much influence over the process. If adopted, the new rules will affect all companies looking to approve a wide range of products, including genetically modified […]