Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera Deputaților (RO) – COM(2019) 22 final

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera Deputaților (RO) – COM(2019) 195 final

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Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations to amend the International Sugar Agreement 1992

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Agenda: EP JURI Committee Meeting (19 September 2019)

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Press Release: Meet the EIT Food Accelerator winners

2019 EIT Food Accelerator Network Programme winners: Orbem AI, uFraction8 and Trigger Systems. The finalists were invited to compete for three awards, consisting of financial support worth EUR 100 000 each. The winners were announced at the EIT Food Venture Summit on 13 November 2019, at Estufia Fria in Lisbon.

Report: Special report No 21/2019: Addressing antimicrobial resistance: progress in the animal sector, but this health threat remains a challenge for the EU

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (25-28 November 2019)

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Event: Digitalisation and New Technologies in Agri-food (Malaga, Spain, 3 & 4 December 2019)

Digitalisation and New Technologies in Agri-food event is co-organised by JRC and Junta de Andalusia. It is composed of four different parts: 2019 Autumn Working Committee Meeting (3 December 2019), Exploring synergies between Digital Innovation Hubs and Agri-food Partnerships (4 December 2019), Field visit (4 December 2019) and B2B event (3-4 December 2019) organised by EEN.

Merger Case: M.9652 MARQUARD & BAHLS / STARWOOD CAPITAL / GCA

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Merger Case: M.9620 BRIDGEPOINT / VERMAAT

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: PAFF Committee – section Novel Food and Toxicological Safety (22 October 2019)

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets – Horizontal Questions (13 November 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets – Arable Crops (28 November 2019)

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Press Release: Food packaging: a practical guide to environmental footprint labelling

Food packaging waste is currently under scrutiny. In the context of its Circular Economy Action Plan1 , the EU is addressing this through, among others, its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative2 , which aims to enhance the reliability of environmental claims — both in a business-to-consumer and in a business-to-business context. The initiative aims, therefore, to boost the market of green and circular products. However, a review of the methods available for assessing the environmental sustainability of packaging now highlights the difficulty of clearly characterising packaging’s environmental impact. The study suggests a new, fully quantifiable framework that could help to standardise assessment methods and bring ‘environmental footprint labelling’ to fruition.

Press Release: Changes in soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity should be considered when assessing environmental impact of dairy products

Considering the impact on soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity is important when assessing the environmental footprint of dairy products, suggests a new study, which explored the impacts of organic and conventional milk production in three types of system established in Western Europe. The study found that organic milk production had a significantly lower impact on ecotoxicity and biodiversity than conventional milk production, and suggests that including soil carbon changes in the assessment would result in greater reductions in the carbon footprint of organic, rather than conventional, milk — in some cases by up to 18%.

Press Release: Microplastics alter soil properties and plant performance, Germany

Microplastics, polymer-based particles of less than five millimetres in size, have become an archetypal sign of anthropogenic waste and environmental pollution. This German study explores how microplastics in soil affect plants, screening the potential effects of six different microplastics on the soil environment, plant traits and function using a terrestrial plant-soil model based on the spring onion (Allium fistulosum). The researchers find that plants react strongly to microplastic exposure, with significant changes observed in the physical parameters of soil, plant root and leaf traits and plant biomass.

Agenda: Working Party on Horizontal Agricultural Questions (CAP Reform) (21 November 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on General Affairs (20 November 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Financial Agricultural Questions (AGRIFIN) (21 November 2019)

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Press Release: European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner

As the Guardian of the Treaties, the European Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner. The UK authorities have until Friday 22 November at the latest to provide their views. This short time period is justified by the fact that the next Commission must enter into office as soon as possible.

Agenda: Working Party on Plant Health (Roosendaal Group) (22 November 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: Appeal Committee – Phytopharmaceuticals-Legislation (25 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Special Committee on Agriculture (12 November 2019)

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