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Latest Agriculture news from the European Union.

The Future of Farming - UK agricultural policy after Brexit 31 January 2018, 23:45 CET
In a new report for Policy Network, Charlie Cadywould looks at how competing visions of Brexit might impact British agriculture in the coming years, offering a set of radical progressive alternatives for future policy. He urges Labour to reach out to the Conservative-dominated countryside, with creative thinking towards rural policy more generally. This report sets out how competing visions of Brexit may impact the British agriculture sector in the coming years, and sets out a radical set of alternatives for future policy. It is aimed specifcally at a progressive audience for whom farmers, and rural communities more generally, have not historically been considered natural allies or constituents.

EU Farm Council ends minimum intervention price for skimmed milk powder 29 January 2018, 23:52 CET
EU agriculture ministers intervened to stabilise dairy markets Monday with an amendment to the so-called Fixing regulation for public intervention to halt the automatic buying-in of skimmed milk powder.

MEPs urge fight against spread of fake honey 24 January 2018, 23:16 CET
The EU must step up support for beekeepers, ban harmful pesticides, invest more in developing safe bee drugs and clamp down on imports of fake honey, MEPs on the EU Parliament's agriculture said Tuesday.

EU mulls action to halt decline of pollinators 12 January 2018, 17:56 CET
The EU Commission launched a consultation Thursday on a European initiative to halt the decline of bees and other pollinators, warning that future generations would pay a heavy price if the EU fails to act.

Commission renews approval of glyphosate herbicide for 5 years 12 December 2017, 23:18 CET
The European Commission renewed for 5 years EU approval of glyphosate Tuesday, following scientific assessment which it says concludes there is no link between glyphosate and cancer in humans.

Approval of pesticides in the EU 12 December 2017, 23:15 CET
What are pesticides? Who decides on their authorisation? Who is responsible for their use? How can pesticides be used safely? An active substance is only approved by the European Commission after a rigorous and lengthy science-based assessment to ensure its use is safe. The assessment of these dossiers is then conducted jointly by: the national authorities in EU Member States; the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The Future of Food and Farming - Commission Communication 29 November 2017, 17:53 CET
The European Commission released on 29 November 2017 a Communication on 'The Future of Food and Farming', outlining the ways to ensure that the oldest EU common policy remains future-proof.

EU farm reform offers stronger role for Member States 29 November 2017, 17:56 CET
EU Member States will have a stronger role in deciding how to allocate EU public subsidies to farmers under proposals for more sustainable farming put forward by the EU Commission Wednesday.

EU eggs keep free range status despite bird flu 23 November 2017, 13:36 CET
Producers of free range eggs can continue to market their products as such even if their hens have restricted access to open-air runs because of bird flu following changes to EU egg marketing standards.

EU states endorse new rules for organic farming 22 November 2017, 00:01 CET
EU Member States representatives endorsed Monday a deal to overhaul existing rules on organic production and labelling of organic products, provisionally agreed with the European Parliament in June.

New EU rules on organic farming 21 November 2017, 23:53 CET
The EU Council endorsed on 20 November 2017 the co-legislators' agreement on the new rules on organic production and looks forward to the final steps leading to the adoption of the new Regulation. Once adopted, the new rules will enter into force on 1 January 2021. This will give enough time for producers, operators and trade partners to adapt to the new framework.

MEPs demand phasing out of glyphosate weedkiller 25 October 2017, 23:04 CET
The European Parliament voted Tuesday for immediate restrictions on the use of controversial glyphosate-based herbicides, leading to a full ban on use of the substance by December 2022.

MEPs propose ban on glyphosate herbicide by 2020 19 October 2017, 14:06 CET
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee backed Wednesday a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance.

Pesticides must be checked for harmful chemicals: MEPs 12 October 2017, 20:45 CET
MEPs at a public hearing Wednesday discussed the EU risk assessment of the herbicide glyphosate, demanding that pesticides be checked for endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Sustainable use of pesticides 10 October 2017, 17:44 CET
This European Commission website contains links to EU Member States' websites on sustainable use of pesticides, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM) , with a view to facilitate the exchange of information between them and increase the flow of relevant information to farmers and the general public.

EU countries should use pesticides more sustainably: report 13 October 2017, 12:12 CET
A report on the sustainable use of pesticides Directive adopted on 10 October 2017 by the European Commission takes stock of progress made by the EU Member States in applying measures to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticides. It covers a wide range of topics such as aerial spraying, information to the public or training of professionals. The report indicates insufficient implementation of the Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides.

Court of Auditors to probe EU animal welfare measures 05 October 2017, 23:51 CET
The European Court of Auditors has announced it is to examine whether the European Commission and the EU Member States have made effective contributions to the EU’s animal welfare objectives.

MEPs put brake on pesticides plan 05 October 2017, 13:18 CET
The European Parliament blocked an EU Commission proposal Wednesday which would have exempted some chemicals in pesticides from being identified as endocrine disruptors.

EU sugar quotas come to an end 02 October 2017, 23:10 CET
The very last agricultural quota system in place, managing sugar production in the EU, were scrapped on 30 September, after nearly 50 years, part of a major CAP reform and restructuring process.

EU Sugar Market Observatory 29 September 2017, 18:09 CET
The aim of the Sugar Market Observatory is to provide the EU sugar sector with more transparency by means of disseminating market data and short-term analysis in a timely manner. In addition to the website, which is updated regularly, the Observatory has an Expert Group which meets at least 2 times a year. Summaries of these Expert Group meetings are published below under REPORTS.

End of sugar production quotas in the EU 29 September 2017, 17:39 CET
The very last agricultural quota system in place, managing sugar production in the European Union, is to be scrapped on 30 September 2017, after nearly 50 years.

EU launches in-depth probe into Monsanto Bayer merger 29 August 2017, 00:26 CET
The EU has opened an in-depth probe into Bayer's proposed acquisition of Monsanto over concerns that the merger may reduce competition in pesticides, seeds and traits.

Brussels aims for fairer food supply chain 16 August 2017, 23:49 CET
The EU Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation Wednesday on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer, aiming to address unfair trading practices with respect to agri-food products.

EU healthy eating scheme for schools under way 02 August 2017, 00:27 CET
A new EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme for healthy eating was in place from 1 August, ready to be implemented across the European Union as of the first day of the 2017/2018 school year.

Endocrine disruptors 07 July 2017, 00:31 CET
EU Member States representatives voted on 4 July in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products. This is seen as an important step towards greater protection of citizens from harmful substances.