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‘We need an exit strategy for #glyphosate’ says #EFFAT

‘We need an exit strategy for #glyphosate’ says #EFFAT

The days are numbered for glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide. After three failed attempts at reaching a qualified majority decision, two meetings will be held on 24 and 27 June to decide on the future of the compound.  Representing European agricultural workers, EFFAT is calling for an exit strategy that promotes alternative substances […]

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#Glyphosate: European Parliament to compromise over plant protection

#Glyphosate: European Parliament to compromise over plant protection

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

A clear majority of the European Parliament voted in favour of a compromise on the controversial plant protection product glyphosate. MEPs dismissed the initial European Commission proposal calling for a renewal of another 15 years without substantial conditions. Glyphosate-based herbicides are widely used in agriculture, forests, public areas and private gardens. The use of this substance […]

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#SriLanka: European Commission announces €38 million for new development programmes in Sri Lanka

#SriLanka: European Commission announces €38 million for new development programmes in Sri Lanka

Today the European Commission will co-sign two new support programmes worth €38 million in total in the field of rural development and trade with Sri Lanka, as EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, arrives for a three day visit to the country. Ahead of the visit Commissioner Mimica said: “With this new […]

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Record public response to consultation on Birds & Habitats Directives reaffirms support for EU role in protecting nature

Record public response to consultation on Birds & Habitats Directives reaffirms support for EU role in protecting nature

More than half a million European citizens have contributed to a public consultation on the Fitness Check of the Birds & Habitats Directives, a record number of submissions for a Commission consultation. A total of 552,471 citizens and organizations responded to the Commission questionnaire. The input received is a mixture of detailed responses from stakeholders […]

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EU leads in mobilizing resources for sustainable development

EU leads in mobilizing resources for sustainable development

International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica (pictured) is this week attending the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference is expected to result in an agreement on the financial and non-financial means of implementation (i.e. aid, investments, policies and more) that will support the post-2015 development agenda and […]

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Recent humanitarian tragedies in Mediterranean: EESC statement

Recent humanitarian tragedies in Mediterranean: EESC statement

In response to the deaths of thousands of people in the Mediterranean, the EESC plenary session, with deep sorrow and indignation, once again calls on the institutions of the European Union and member states to take the necessary humanitarian actions and political decisions. The European Union has a responsibility to people fleeing war, persecution, conflict […]

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Commission: ‘Towards a better use of our genetic resources’

Commission: ‘Towards a better use of our genetic resources’

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has today (29 November) published a report, Genetic Resources – From Conservation to Better Use, outlining Commission aims for the period until 2020. While issues of conservation and halting biodiversity loss in agriculture remain a central element, the report highlights the need for a change of rationale with greater emphasis on an […]

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