Copa-Cogeca welcomed in Brussels today the EU Commissions’ decision to withdraw the EU proposal for a soil directive stressing it would have resulted in far more costs than benefits.
New opportunities for European dairy producers are expected with world demand predicted to rise by 2.3% annually, experts at a key Copa-Cogeca seminar stressed in Brussels today.
In 2013, the EU member countries issued 19 announcements and warnings, through the RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed), regarding goods originating from Serbia, and two reports since the start of this year.
Substantial progress has been made towards the achievement of the right to adequate food and nutrition since the 1996 World Food Summit. Despite the progress made, the right to food remains one of the most frequently violated of all human rights. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS), on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Right to Food Guidelines, called for a review of the progress made towards achieving the right to adequate food during its 41st session, scheduled to be held in October 2014.
COPA (Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations) and COGECA (General Committee for Agricultural Cooperation in the European Union), together with six partner organisations, launched today the Farms Inc project designed to help farmers better market and brand their products and take advantage of the new market opportunities.
Life in plastic is not so fantastic after all. Plastic bags have been blamed for polluting the environment, especially aquatic ecosystems. In April MEPs voted in favour of halving the consumption of lightweight plastic bags by 2017 and reducing it by 80% by 2019 compared to 2010 levels.
Until 6 May you can participate in a new UNFAO online discussion about care farming – an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion.
Smallholder farmers grow over 70% of all our food. Reports predict climatic extremes that will imperil their production and livelihoods. Unless small-scale farmers are given the agro-ecological technologies they need to meet these challenges, impacts on food production will be devastating, pushing millions into poverty.
The European Parliament backed laws on 16 April to help prevent alien species of plants and wildlife from entering Europe and limit their spread in the event they do.
Copa-Cogeca welcomed today EU Farm Ministers decision on the delegated acts for the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), stressing it will enable farmers to get on with their production plans for the upcoming season. Farmers cannot decide what to sow for the next season until they have clear rules in place, Copa-Cogeca Secretary- General Pekka Pesonen said.
In October 2011, under the leadership of the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos, the European Commission proposed four legislative texts to reform the instruments regulating the European agricultural markets, the payments farmers are entitled to receive, the measures promoting rural development and the new principles (e.g. transparency) which should be driving this public policy.
The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products.