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.
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.
Deep budget cuts and an untested plan to let national governments take the reins are causing jitters across the bloc. Read the full article on Politico here.
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 […]
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 […]
The European Commission, steered by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, has taken a number of initiatives to simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and help EU farmers cope with the rising demands. Read the full article on Euractiv here.
Following the Commission’s proposal for new legislation on so-called country of origin labelling, food companies fear that they will be forced to indicate the origin of their primary ingredient on packaging. Read the full article on Politico here.
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 […]
The European Parliament has shied away from demanding a full ban on bisphenol A, instead approving measures that will lower the amount of the chemical that can be part of food packaging. Read the full article on Euractiv here.
Six member states that opposed the re-authorisation glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, sent a letter to the European Commission last month asking the EU executive to conduct a study and look into alternatives to the controversial substance. Read the full article on Euractiv here.