Agenda: Informal meeting of the agriculture ministers (3-4 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (21 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (14 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Press Release: Council adopts ban on single-use plastics

Updated: The voting results are now available.

The EU is cracking down on plastic pollution. The Council today adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products.

The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council today is the final step in the procedure.

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Adaptation to scientific and technical progress and implementation of the Directives on waste established under Article 39 OF Directive 2008/98/EC – Waste reporting (2 May 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (23 May 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – Regulation on CAP strategic plans (14 May 2019)

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Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for Environment (20-21 May 2019)

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Agenda: Coordination Working Party (FAO) (6-7 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 April 2019)

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Press Release: Preventing food waste, promoting Circular Economy: Commission adopts common methodology to measure food waste across the EU

Each year around 20% of food produced in the EU is lost or wasted, causing unacceptable social, environmental and economic harm. EU is committed to solving this problem and putting its food system onto a sustainable path. To be able to take effective action, we need more data on food waste than we currently have.

Commission Delegated Decision supplementing Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards a common methodology and minimum quality requirements for the uniform measurement of levels of food waste

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Press Release: Food Waste: 6th meeting of EU Platform to focus on the business case for food waste prevention

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Agenda: EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) (6 May 2019)

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Event: Sustainability science & the SDGs (Brussels, 6 May 2019)

What roles for Science in addressing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda? Ahead of this year’s UN General Assembly, this info point will provide insights of the 2019 GSDR, and offer the opportunity to exchange with one of its key authors to discuss, among others, transformative pathways, SDGs interactions, policy coherence, and the role of science in sustainable development

Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (25 April 209)

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UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultations: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – Configuration ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy’

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UPDATED – Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia on the Renewable Energy Directive post 2020

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Opinion: EP ENVI Committee on CAP Strategic Plans

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Draft updated EU Guidelines for the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ meeting, 10-12 May 2019, Niigata

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Update – At a Glance: Transparency of EU risk assessment in food chain

Following controversies surrounding the authorisation and renewal of certain sensitive products, such as active substances in plant protection products (glyphosate, neonicotinoids) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the European Commission proposed to revise the transparency rules in these policy areas. The European Parliament is expected to vote during its December plenary session on the report of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, and on a mandate to start interinstitutional negotiations.

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain

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Press Release: Sustainable development – Council adopts conclusions

Given the horizontal nature of the 2030 Agenda, its implementation requires a cross-policy approach by the EU and its member states. Earlier this year, the Commission published a reflection paper “Towards an ever more sustainable Union by 2030,” to which the conclusions are a response.

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