Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1205 of 12 July 2019 granting a derogation requested by Belgium with regard to the region of Flanders pursuant to Council Directive 91/676/EEC concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources (notified under document C(2019) 5180)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – Finnish Presidency Work Programme (15 July 2019)

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Press Release: ETSI releases three new SAREF onthology specifications for smart cities, industry 4.0 and smart agriculture

ETSI SmartM2M Technical Committee has just released three new specifications for smart cities, industry and manufacturing, and smart agriculture and food chain domains. This follows the first version of the SAREF (Smart Appliances REFerence ontology) standard from 2015; the subsequent second modular version (Smart Applications REFerence ontology) and first three extensions for energy, buildings and environment in 2018.

UPDATED – Agenda: Commission Expert Group on EU Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation (main group) (30 April 2019)

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UPDATE – Agenda: Meeting of the CETA bilateral dialogue on forest products (24 May 2019)

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Merger Case: M.9428 — Triton/Royal Reesink Group

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

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Press Release: Energy Union and climate neutral solutions priorities for Energy Council

In terms of energy policy, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will focus on the implementation of legislation. The Presidency will also have an opportunity to lay down long-term policies especially on climate issues.

Press Release: From agricultural waste to marketable products

Agricultural waste represents a huge pool of untapped resources that can be turned into valuable assets with many potential industrial applications. An EU-funded project is looking for innovative approaches to convert the growing amount of human-produced agricultural waste into eco-efficient, bio-based products.

Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (17-18 July 2019)

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Event: SDG Summit (New York, 24 & 25 September 2019)

On 24 and 25 September 2019, Heads of State and Government will gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to follow up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015.

Press Release: Material flow accounts and resource productivity

This article presents statistics concerning the European Union’s (EU’s) resource productivity as well as information on the extraction of natural resources consumed by the EU economy. The article is based on domestic material consumption and its components, as defined in material flow accounts. Eurostat’s material flow accounts are a comprehensive data framework that systematically records the inputs of materials to European economies.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1175 of 9 July 2019 on recognition of the ‘Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil RED’ voluntary scheme for demonstrating compliance with the sustainability criteria under Directives 98/70/EC and 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

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OPP Meeting Summary: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council – A Clean Planet for All – Policy debate on the employment aspects (8 July 2019)

A summary of the policy debate is now available.

UPDATED – Agenda: Special Committee on Agriculture (8 July 2019)

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Event: EU Raw Materials Week (Brussels, 18-22 November 2019)

The fourth edition of the EU “Raw Materials Week” will take place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 November 2019, in Brussels.

It builds up on a series of events organised by the European Commission addressing the latest news on raw materials in the EU.

It will be a unique opportunity for the raw materials community to discuss and exchange on all relevant issues: policy, technology, international cooperation, framework conditions, knowledge base etc.

Call for Feedback: Agriculture – labelling of material used to grow fruit plants

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Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets (18 Jul 2019)

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Official Journal (C Series): Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union — Cases where the Commission raises no objections

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Common declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture and Ministers of Research of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia on the future role of the BIOEAST Initiative in the context of Horizon Europe

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Press Release: First ways forward for the blue bioeconomy

Around 140 stakeholders were spread around the 10 table-topics set up for the three-rounds of World Café exchanges on the BBF’s proposed Roadmap for the Blue Bioeconomy. By necessity, participants were chosen for their vast experience and diverse backgrounds in the blue bioeconomy, including policymakers, national/regional bodies, industrial platers, and the researcher community.

Regulation on CAP Strategic Plans

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

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