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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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%.

UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (18 November 2019)

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Agenda: Expert group for technical advice on organic production (main group) (3 December 2019)

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Event: Take Whole grain Seriously! Make your grains whole: for your and the planet’s health (Brussels, 19 November 2019)

Hosted by MEP Elsi Katainen & Whole Grain Initiative, the high-level meeting will consist of an interactive panel discussion moderated by Sue Saville, a  highly-experienced journalist specialised in health and well-being. A networking reception will follow the moderated discussion.

Comitology Meeting: Committee on Organic Production (27 & 28 November 2019)

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Post-2020 CAP reform package

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Event: Dialogue on Sustainable Food and Agriculture – How to build a more resilient and sustainable agriculture through international trade (Brussels, 3 December 2019)

Join a debate on the role of international trade in the promotion of resilience and sustainability in the agricultural sector. We invited government officials and representatives of international organizations, the private sector and civil society to discuss the importance of trade for the future of agriculture from a local to a global perspective.

Agenda: Expert Group for Horizontal Questions concerning the CAP (main group) (19 November 2019)

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Agenda: Expert Group on Organic Production (main group) (26 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Presentation of the IPCC Special Reports on Climate Change and Land, and on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (6 November 2019)

A summary of the presentation of the reports is now available. 

OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Study on ‘Megatrends in the agri-food sector: global overview and possible policy response from an EU perspective’ (5 November 2019)

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Commission Draft Implementing Regulation: Organics production rules

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Draft Council conclusions on the updated Bioeconomy Strategy “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: strenghtening the connection between economy, society and the environment”

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Event: StratKIT Baltic Sea Region Stakeholder Conference: A Taste of Sustainability – Mobilizing Public Procurement and Catering Services in the Baltic Sea Region (Tallinn, Estonia, 12 & 13 November 2019)

Today, there are lots of pressures for more sustainable food systems as a result of dietary changes, growing environmental awareness and an overall demand for healthier food. Public procurement and catering services can serve as trailblazers to respond to these pressures. This two-day Baltic Sea Region Stakeholder Round Table Event is an international event that aims to bring together public procurers, catering service providers, public authorities, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders from different countries to co-learn about the current situation and to co-develop innovative strategies for the future! The event will be in English.

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Committee on Organic Production (14 & 15 October 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Expert group for technical advice on organic production (main group) (5-7 November 2019)

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Press Release: Regional organic farming in the EU

Regional diversity in the EU is present in agricultural production methods, such as in the extent of organic farming. There is only one region where over one half of agricultural land is farmed with organic production methods, while 13% of the regions had less than 1% of their area under organic farming in 2016. The total organic area is the sum of the ’area under conversion’ plus the ‘certified area’. Before an area can be certified as ‘organic’, it must undergo a conversion process, which may take 2-3 years depending on the crop.

OPP Meeting Summary: Second Hearing of Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner-designate for Agriculture (8 October 2019)

A summary of the second hearing is now available.

UPDATED – Post-2020 CAP reform package

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP DEVE Committee – 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) (8 October 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Agricultural Questions (Plant Breeding Rights) (22 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Virginijus Sinkevičius Commissioner-designate for the Environment and Oceans (3 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

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