The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit to assess whether the EU’s agricultural policy helps maintain and enhance biodiversity. In particular, the auditors will examine the design of the EU biodiversity strategy and its application in the common agricultural policy (CAP). They will also assess the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU funding for biodiversity in farming.
Commissioner Hogan called on Member States to look into the possibility of a ‘Farm Carbon Forest Initiative’ at the last AGRIFISH Council meeting on 14 May 2019. This initiative would reward farmers who successfully reduce, save, store or sequester carbon, contributing to national and EU-wide climate objectives.
Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘Save the bees! Protection of biodiversity and improvement of habitats for insects in Europe’. The organisers call on the Commission to ‘adopt legislation to maintain and improve habitats for insects as indicators of an undamaged environment’.
Original Title – Agriculture : la Commission accorde plus de flexibilité sur la date limite pour les demandes de paiements directs.
New rules have been adopted to simplify and clarify wine making practices in the EU, a last step in the alignment of the wine legislation to the Lisbon Treaty by the European Commission.