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MEP calls for health education in schools to tackle obesity

As obesity continues to rise alarmingly in Europe, MEP Tudor Ciuhodaru (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – Romania) calls on the European Commission to reinforce health education in schools.   A recent report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on obesity shows that overweight and obesity now affect almost 60% of adults and a […]


Recent call to reform the pesticides evaluation system.

In a recent video, MEP Eric Andrieu, points out the shortcomings in the current pesticide evaluation system. Highlighting that the current situation induces a great health risk, whether for farmers or the final consumer who ends up ingesting these pesticides, Andrieu notably underlines: The questionable reliability of toxicity assessment. The fact that EFSA does not […]


Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) adopts its INI report on strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer

On December 9th, 2021, the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) adopted its INI report on how to strengthen the EU’s role in fighting cancer. The report is to be voted on during the Strasbourg plenary in February. In this report, the Committee advocates for a stronger EU commitment to implement policies that […]


Empowering consumer organisations : the Dual Food Quality Conference

The partners of the ECO-Empowering Consumer Organisations project were proud to present the achievements of their EU-project on Dual Food Quality during the final European Conference held online on the 29th of June from 10:00 to 13:00 CET. The conference provided a chance to both discuss the many aspects and findings of the project, but also gave a chance […]


Provisional agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

On June 25th, 2021, a deal was finally found between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  The reform, which took 3 years to achieve, outlines how the €387 billion budget is to be spent for the 2021-2027 period.  While seeking to […]


EC Vice-President Timmermans addresses the EU Climate Law in the European Parliament

On 24 June 2021, European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans gave a speech on the brand new Climate Law in the European Parliament. On this occasion, he praised the legislative process up to this point and called this new EU initiative “the law of laws”, highlighting its binding target of 55% GHG emissions reduction (by […]


MEPs follow up on EFSA’s opinion regarding E171

On 31 May 2021, a group of 4 MEPs from 3 different groups asked the Commission about its intent to propose an EU-wide ban on food additive E171 (titanium dioxide). It is still unclear when the Commission intends to submit such proposal, and when discussions will start in the competent committee (Standing Committee on Plants, […]


#WeValueTrueNatural, a campaign from SAFE to call for a definition of ‘natural’

In the European Green Deal, the Commission presented a strategy aiming at transforming the EU into a resource-efficient and sustainable society by 2050. One of the main initiatives of the Deal is the Farm to Fork strategy which will also support enforcement of rules on misleading information. The current Commission’s ambitions well reflect the rising […]


European Parliament rejects ban on ‘veggie burgers’

On Friday 23 October, the European Parliament plenary session rejected AM165 to the Agricultural products’ list within the Common Market Organisation file of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Such an amendment would have prohibited plant-based food products from using meat-derived names (such as ‘veggie burger’, ‘vegan sausage’). The Parliament however supported such a ban for […]