European Commission


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 […]


Des OGM interdits découverts dans des aliments pour animaux

Un vent de panique souffle sur la Commission européenne. Selon des documents officiels auquel Le Monde a eu accès, des produits destinés à l’alimentation animale ont été conçus en France à partir d’organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM) non autorisés et distribués illégalement en Europe pour nourrir vaches et porcs. Révélé par Le Monde, ce cas montre une faille […]