UPDATED – Press Release: EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Partnering for prosperity, democracy, resilience and global governance

Update – the factsheet on EU-LAC relations is available.

Update – the speech by HR/VP Mogherini at the EP on the Joint Communication to the EP and to the Council: EU, Latin America and the Caribbean – joining forces for a common future is available.

The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities – prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance – for common future. The vision for a stronger and modernised bi-regional partnership focused on trade, investment and sectoral cooperation is set out in a new joint communication presented by the European Commission and the High Representative. This new partnership aims at working together in changing global and regional realities that require joint efforts to address common challenges and opportunities.

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets – Animal Products (17 April 2019)

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Press Release: Read our newly launched Climate Emergency Manifesto

GUE/NGL, the left group in the European Parliament, is launching its Climate Emergency Manifesto.

OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture & Fisheries Council – CAP post-2020 legislative proposals (15 April 2019)

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Written Answer to a Question: Accountability of European transnational corporations in the face of socio-environmental consequences in Latin America

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Written Answer to a Question: Tropical deforestation

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Question for Written Answer: Hottentot fig and pampas grass in A Lanzada (Sanxenxo)

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Press Release: Jams, honey and wine, straight from the blackberry vine

Publicity and public relations may not seem like the obvious beginnings to a career in agriculture. However, for Nuria Alvarez of Zamora from Spain, they have proven a perfect fit. Having taken the skills that she learned during her studies and the experience she has gained whilst working in marketing back to her local area, she has developed an innovative new product for her family’s farm.

Press Release: Trees, bees and climate devotees

Innovative agricultural practices could have a positive impact on Europe’s environmental future and the adoption of these methods by sustainability-conscious farmers is becoming increasingly common.

Event: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – a common agenda to 2020 and beyond (Brussels, 23 & 24 May 2019)

The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions, is organising an EU “Conference on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: a Common Agenda to 2020 and Beyond” with the objective to look back at what has been achieved by the EU, to draw on lessons learned and reflect on main challenges for the future. The conference provides the starting point for the public consultation of the final evaluation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. 

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

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Event: Eurasian Grassland Conference 2019 (Graz, Austria & Maribor, Slovenia, 29 May – 5 June 2019)

Semi-natural grasslands in the Palaearctic biogeographical realm are exceptionally species rich; they are a treasure of nature. However, their values are often neglected in man’s thinking, either from the perspective of management of natural resources, policy measures – and even in the economic assessment. The aim of the 16th annual Eurasian Grassland Conference is to show possibilities, how Central European semi-natural grasslands can ensure important ecosystem functions and together still generate income to their owners.

Press Release: How slime is breaking the biosensor mould

An EU-funded project is using slime mould to produce accessible sensing devices with a wide range of applications, including environmental monitoring and health – helping European industry become more competitive in the growing biosensor device market. The devices can also be used for citizen science applications.

Press Release: Inside a good LIFE proposal – tips, insights, perspectives

What’s it like to apply for LIFE funding? How much time will you need? How do you find the best partners? The European Commission asked 3 recently successful projects for their insight. Here, LIFE Resilience explains how they applied for their climate change adaptation project.

Press Release: Review of the EU Forest Strategy: Council conclusions

The Council today adopted a set of conclusions on the progress achieved in the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy and on a new strategic framework for forests. The conclusions follow the publication of a Commission report in December 2018, which reviewed the role played by the strategy in its first five years of life.

Written Answer to Question: Putting an economic value on the environment

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State Aid Case: SA.53439 – Aid to compensate for the damage caused by protected animals in France

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UPDATED – State Aid Case: SA.51958 Lower Saxony: Aid to compensate for harvest losses caused by northern migrating birds to arable land

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Impact of large carnivores and other species on agriculture

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UPDATED – Report: EP ENVI Committee on Establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (15-18 April 2019)

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