green deal


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 call for stringent regulations on the use of “natural” claims for food products

On 10 February 2021, a cross-party coalition of 31 MEPs sent a letter to Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, highlighting the misleading use of the term “natural” on food packaging. The MEPs urged the European Commission to tackle this issue by developing a clear definition of “natural” and stringent legislation to regulate the […]


The European Commission launches the EU sustainable code of conduct plans for food businesses

The European Commission has taken its first steps towards launching a ‘code of conduct’ for actors along the food chain, as part of its aim to increase the sustainability of the food system. This sustainable code of conduct was much awaited since the publication of the Farm to Fork Strategy and the European Green Deal. […]


#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 Commission publishes its chemicals strategy

The EC published its new Chemicals Strategy on the 14th October (read it here). The EU chemicals strategy aims to address the cumulative and combined effects of chemicals, including pesticides, stressing a need to accelerate work on methodologies that ensure existing provisions can be fully implemented. It is intended as a first step towards a zero […]


CSOs send Joint Letter to EU leaders calling for better alignment between the CAP and the EU Green Deal

This Thursday 1st October, SAFE and more than 250 Civil Society Organisations sent a joint Open letter to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union Angela Merkel, and the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament chaired by David Sassoli, calling for full […]


The European Commission unveils its Farm to Fork Strategy

On 20 May at 12.00 CET, the European Commission unveiled its long-awaited Farm to Fork Strategy, along with other communications including a report on front-of-pack nutrition labelling and the EU Biodiversity Strategy. This communication is published after months of debates around the EU Green Deal led by EC President von der Leyen and provides an […]