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Bees in danger due to unseasonably high temperatures in Italy

By |februar 19th, 2020|News|

Unseasonably high temperatures well above the average and frequent sunny days in February roused roughly 50 billion bees this month in Italy, according to farmers’ organisation Coldiretti. The life of a large part of these bees is now in danger,...

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CAP spending faces further €5bn cut in bloc’s budget blueprint

By |februar 17th, 2020|Charles Michel, Common Agicultural Policy, direct payments, News, rural development, second pillar|

In the latest compromise proposal for the next EU 7-year spending plan, fresh money allocated on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) were trimmed by €7.5 billion, only partly offset by a €2.5 billion increase in direct payments to farmers.

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EU agriculture chief under pressure over bid to trim intensive pig farming

By |februar 13th, 2020|animal farming, AnimalhealthEurope, Compassion in World Farming, Copa-Cogeca, intensive animal farming, Janusz Wojciechowski, Jérémy Decerle, livestock farming, News, pig farming, Sylwia Spurek|

Janusz Wojciechowski, the EU's agriculture commissioner, wants to crack down on the environmental impact of intensive animal farming, but apart from animal welfare groups, his calls have so far met with mixed reactions.

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The Brief – Don’t ask too much of the Erasmus generation

By |februar 12th, 2020|News, The Brief|

The suggestion of an ‘internal’ Italian Erasmus, put forward by the grassroots movement, the ‘sardines’, has garnered mixed reactions in the Italian public, ranging from hilarity to praise. After having played a crucial part in Emilia-Romagna regional elections, containing the...

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Sinkevicius: Dealing with PFAS chemicals in revised tap water rules was a ‘great move’

By |februar 12th, 2020|Chemicals, circular economy, Drinking Water Directive, hazardous chemicals, News, PFAS, Virginijus Sinkevičius, zero pollution|

The inclusion of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into the EU's Drinking Water Directive was a step forward that showed the EU's commitment to address these chemicals, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.

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US packaged foods juggernaut under EU antitrust probe

By |februar 11th, 2020|abuse of dominance, competition, Mondelez, News, restrictive business practices|

US consumer goods group Mondelez International is being investigated for suspected anti-competitive practices covering EU several member states, a European Commission spokesperson confirmed to EURACTIV.

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ROME – Italy and Egypt at odds, again

By |februar 10th, 2020|News|

Foreign Affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio said he has been closely following the case of 27-year-old Egyptian researcher studying in Italy, who was arrested in Cairo on Friday (7 February). Italian authorities want to avoid a repeat of the Gulio...

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ECDC chief: Low risk for coronavirus but EU pandemic prep should be reviewed

By |februar 7th, 2020|News|

The EU agency for infectious diseases control still considers the risk for the novel coronavirus low for Europe. However, its director is calling for a rethink of pandemic preparedness plans to help ensure Europe is equipped to deal with a virus spread...

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Nordics bet on advanced biofuels to suit carbon neutrality ambitions

By |februar 7th, 2020|News|

Scandinavian governments put the bar high up in their commitment to becoming carbon neutral and several companies have responded by developing new technologies to harness forest resources, the Nordic green gold, in a bid to reduce transport emissions.

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Greens, socialists back meat tax to cover environmental costs of livestock

By |februar 6th, 2020|Bas Eickhout, livestock farming, meat tax, Mohammed Chahim, News, plant-based products|

A new report commissioned by the Dutch True Animal Protein Price Coalition (TAPP) suggests that retail price of meat does not reflect the environmental costs associated with its production, and calls for a “sustainability charge” on meat.

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