In close cooperation with Eurojust, Italian and Serbian national authorities unravelled a transnational large-scale fraud in the production and trade of allegedly organic food and beverages from rotten apples.
The EESC suggests increasing focus on sustainable, healthy diets for 2020.The Christmas festivities are over, and now it is time for many Europeans to rethink their diets and beware of obesity. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) takes the beginning of a new year and decade as an opportunity to remind us that obesity is the cause of many diseases, and affirms its support for EU initiatives that accelerate a shift towards healthier, more sustainable diets for citizens.
The Council today adopted a set of conclusions on animal welfare.
In its conclusions the Council invites the Commission to develop a new EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals based on the lessons learned from the strategy for 2012-2015. The Council also encourages the Commission and the member states to initiate communication and education activities for the public of the essential role of good animal welfare in promoting animal health, food security and a sustainable agro-food sector.
A new study by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) summarises the contribution of its projects to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations (UN). The majority of BBI JU’s projects reported a contribution to the SDG 12 ‘Responsible Consumption & Production’, SDG 13 ‘Climate Action’, and SDG 9 ‘Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure’. A high number of projects also mentioned their contribution to the SDG 8 ‘Decent Work & Economic Growth’, and SDG 3 ‘Good Health & Well-Being’.
Finland, as holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, held a high-level meeting with the Commission this autumn during which the member states were able to share their views on sustainable food policy and support the Commission in the preparations. Food policy is closely linked to the Green Deal programme of the newly inaugurated Commission. Why is the EU now pursuing a common direction in food policy and what does a sustainable European food policy aim to achieve?
Few countries are in a better position to benefit from the blue bioeconomy than Iceland. For much of its modern history, the North Atlantic nation’s economy relied on the sea. Fish and fish products still make up about 40% of Iceland’s commodity exports.