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EU farm policy reform: Statements by Parliament’s chief negotiators

Following today’s vote on the EU farm policy reform, the Chair of Parliament’s Agriculture Committee and the three lead MEPs have issued the following statements. Statement by Norbert Lins (EPP, DE), Chair of the Agriculture Committee:   “A large majority in the European Parliament has adopted the key points of the parliamentary position…

European Parliament | A greener, fairer, and more robust EU farm policy

More support for those who apply climate- and environmentally-friendly practices  Annual direct payments capped at €100 000, more support for SMEs  Tailor-made measures to help farmers deal with crises  Higher sanctions when someone repeatedly infringes rules, e.g. on environment or animal welfare   The EU’s future farm policy should…

Council of the EU | Digital story: 5 facts about the EU's goal of climate neutrality

Every day, we are seeing the growing impact of climate change. Fighting it is imperative for the future of Europe and of the world.  In 2019, EU leaders endorsed the objective of achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050. This followed the commitments made by the EU and its member states on signing the Paris Agreement in 2015.  What does climate…

Commission approves new geographical indication from Italy

The European Commission has approved the application for the inclusion of "Pampepato di Terni" / "Panpepato di Terni" from Italy in the Register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGI).   "Pampepato di Terni" / "Panpepato di Terni" is a bakery product obtained by processing dried fruits, chocolate, raisins, candied fruits, bitter cocoa, honey…

President von der Leyen at the EU Green Week 2020: on the way to Kunming

Yesterday afternoon, President von der Leyen gave a speech at the closing session of the EU Green Week 2020.   “Biodiversity is at the heart of [our] future and the future of our planet. There is no choice between nature on the one hand and the economy on the other. What is good for nature is good for the economy. Climate change and biodiversity…