MEPs are expected to push for a further reduction in pesticide use, more funds for research and better monitoring in order to save Europe’s bees. The EU Pollinator Initiative – the Commission’s strategy to protect pollinators such as bees, butterflies and other insects – will be debated on Tuesday, with MEPs voting on a resolution on Wednesday.
The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions, is organising an EU Conference “Halting the loss of pollinators: The role of the EU agricultural and regional development policies”.
The event aims to look back at what has been achieved in the 2014-2020 period and discuss how to step up actions in the future.
On Monday 2 December, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU submitted its proposal for the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021–2027 to the member states. Finland finalised the proposal, which meant setting concrete figures in the financial framework.
The first continent-wide assessment of the chemical properties of EU soils reveals high levels of phosphorus in agricultural soils.
Soil is the very basis for the food we grow as well as for the production of feed, textiles, wood and other materials. It provides us with clean water, hosts biodiversity, recycles nutrients, regulates climate and is part of our landscapes and cultural heritage. Soil is important for our well-being and the balance of ecosystems in our planet.
EU instruments helping farmers to insure their income against falling prices and production losses have only partially met their objectives, and their uptake remains low and uneven, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. In addition, some exceptional measures have not been properly targeted and can lead to disproportionate compensation payments, say the auditors.