IFOAM EU welcomes landmark decision to put organic at the heart of future European food system

IFOAM EU welcomes the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork (F2F) strategies and the target to reach 25% organic land in Europe by 2030, as well as measures to boost the demand for organic products through promotion schemes and green public procurements. Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU President, stated: “Proposing an EU target for organic land […]

Eurobarometer: Youth activism making a difference

Over the course of the past year, youth-led protests have mobilised millions of people in the EU and globally, raising awareness of climate change a subject Europeans now believe must be the top priority for the newly elected European Parlaiament. This new Eurobarometer survey shows that close to six out of ten European citizens are […]

MEPs block member states’ move to weaken bee protection from pesticides

MEPs want the impact of pesticides on bees to be properly tested Commission proposal watered down by member states Parliament wants new law to better protect bees MEPs sent the Commission back to the drawing board after member states watered down draft measures to protect bees. The European Commission’s draft proposal was intended to incorporate […]

Vulture Funds And State Aid In Ireland – A Prima Facie Case?

Ed Honohan, Master of the high court, visited me today in the European Parliament to talk about vulture funds and building a case with DG competition on how these funds have an unfair competitive advantage on others. pic.twitter.com/FkehgeUk3S — Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (@lukeming) March 19, 2019 Yesterday morning in the European Parliament, by invitation of […]

Europe in the palm of your hand: launch of a Citizens’ App

A new mobile application, designed by the European Parliament to help citizens to discover what the EU has done, is doing and plans to do, is now available.   With one eye on the upcoming European elections, the Citizens’ App enables everyone, everywhere to check the EU’s achievements, ongoing work, and future goals as well […]

Action Needed To Tackle Lyme Disease – Mairead McGuinness MEP

Mairead McGuinness MEP and First Vice-President of the European Parliament has welcomed the focus on Lyme disease and the very broad support among MEP that more need to be done to raise awareness, diagnosis and treatment, following a parliamentary vote in Strasbourg this week (Thursday). “Regrettably, knowledge about Lyme Disease is limited to those immediately […]

Action To Tackle EU Protein Crop Deficit Demanded – Mairead McGuinness MEP

EU agricultural policy must do more to reduce our dependency on imported protein crops while increasing home-grown production, said Mairead McGuinness MEP and co-author of a new European Parliament Resolution on the future EU strategy for the promotion of protein crops. In adopting the Report, the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee called for an update of the Common […]

Autumn 2017 Economic Forecast: Continued Growth In A Changing Policy Context

According to its Autumn Forecast, the European Commission expects growth to continue in both the euro area and in the EU at 2.1% in 2018 and at 1.9% in 2019 (Spring Forecast: 2018: 1.8% in the euro area, 1.9% in the EU). For Ireland, GDP growth is projected to remain robust over the forecast horizon but the […]

Young farmer exchange programme China/EU

Irish young famers will soon have the chance to visit China on study trips, while young Chinese farmers and agriculture professionals can visit Ireland and other EU countries. The project will be jointly funded by the EU and the Chinese authorities. The project was jointly announced today by Commissioner Phil Hogan and Han Changfu, Minister […]

IFA Reiterates Call For A Full Ban On Brazilian Meat

IFA President Joe Healy has reiterated his call for a full ban on Brazilian meat imports into the EU, saying the move by the EU Commission to halt only those companies implicated in the investigation is not enough.   Joe Healy said it is not credible for the EU’s policy on equivalence of standards if […]

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