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Cumulative risk of pesticides - EU food agency consultation - Q&A
EFSA is carrying out a public consultation on its pilot assessments of the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food.
EU proposal on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain
The European Parliament and the EU Council reached a provisional agreement on 11 February on a Commission proposal for a Regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.
Ending seasonal clock changes - EC proposal
In his 'State of the Union' address to the European Parliament on 12 September, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker put forward proposals to put an end to seasonal clock changes in Europe.
EU Pollinators Initiative
The European Commission launched on 1 June the first-ever EU initiative to address the rapid decline of wild pollinators Friday, insects such as bees, bumblebees, butterflies and other insects.
The Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020
The European Commission published proposals on 1 June for regulations modernising and simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Food supply chain: EU targets unfair trading practices
The Commission is targeting the most damaging unfair trade practices to grant farmers and small and medium sized businesses greater certainty and less need to manage risks over which they have little or no control.
The Future of Food and Farming - Commission Communication
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.
New EU rules on organic farming
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.
EU countries should use pesticides more sustainably: report
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.
End of sugar production quotas in the EU
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.
Endocrine disruptors
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.
EU Platform on Animal Welfare
The first meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare (the Platform) took place on 6 June 2017. The Platform gathered 75 representatives from stakeholders, NGOs, scientists, Member States, EEA (European Economic Area) countries, international organisations and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). This is the 1st time that all key EU players gathered to exchange experiences and contribute to improving the welfare of animals.
Official Controls Regulation - Enforcement of rules along the agri-food chain in the EU
After successful negotiations between the European Parliament and the EU Member States in the Council, the new Official Controls Regulation adopted today will enhance and reinforce the EU system as an international reference for integrated rules covering the entire agri-food chain.
Trade agreements boost for EU agri-food exports
Trade agreements have helped to boost EU agricultural exports and have supported jobs in the agri-food sector and other sectors of the economy, according to a new independent study carried out on behalf of the European Commission. Trade agreements with three countries – Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland – were studied in detail.
Operation of the Milk Package - 2nd report
The European Commission has published the second report on the operation of the so-called Milk Package, a series of measures launched in 2012 to strengthen the position of European dairy producers in the supply chain.
Mediterranean research partnership to increase food and water sustainability
The Commission presented Wednesday a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) with the aim of developing novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production.
Glyphosate factsheet
The Commission has called for a 'limited extension' of the current authorisation of glyphosate, an active substance used for the production of pesticides, until the European Chemical Agency gives its scientific assessment on the substance.
Transmissible animal diseases - rules update
The European Parliament gave its endorsement on 8 March to measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals, and potentially to humans too, puts fresh emphasis on prevention and should help professionals to keep pace with scientific progress.
EUR 100m European agriculture promotion in 2016 - "Enjoy, it's from Europe"
In 2016 European producers will benefit from programmes worth EUR 111 million to find new markets and promote consumption outside and inside the EU. Promotion is a key part of the measures presented by the Commission to support farmers.
Comprehensive package of measures to help European farmers
The European Commission presented on 7 September a EUR 500 million comprehensive package of measures to support European farmers.