Connect with us

Agriculture

Parliament approves #AnimalWelfare measures for horses and donkeys

Published

on

horsesMeasures to improve the welfare of millions of horses and donkeys across the EU have been approved today by the European Parliament.
The proposals from European Conservative and Reformists Group MEP Julie Girling were passed by a large majority and cover animals used in a broad range of activities, from farming to tourism. They include:
  • A shorter maximum journey time for all movements of horses for slaughter;
  •  A commitment by member states to inspect slaughterhouses licenced to handle horses;
  • The launch of a pilot project under which funding would be targeted at farms committed to good welfare practices.
  • The dissemination of information to tourists to help them decide whether to use services involving working horses and donkeys;
  • New guidance on donkey and horse milk farming and increased inspections of farms.
  • Production and circulation by the European Commission of information on how to care for horses and donkeys, including responsible breeding and end of life care.
  • Review of the impact of VAT on equestrian enterprises.
The report will now be passed to the European Commission with a recommendation for action.
Mrs Girling said: "Horses and donkeys have come to possess vast economic potential. Today the equine sector adds over €100 billion to the EU's economy each year and is a leading rural employer in many member states.
"However, in too many cases these animals are faced with severe welfare concerns including neglect, overwork and inappropriate living conditions.
"Europe's citizens want to see more action on animal welfare and, with this report, I believe we have a golden opportunity to not only substantially improve the lives of 7 million horses and donkeys but, by better caring for these animals, we also have a chance to unlock the full economic potential of the sector and boost the rural economy.
"It is a win-win situation for everyone involved."

Agriculture

Commission welcomes Council agreement on future Common Agricultural Policy

Published

on

On 20 October, the Council agreed on its negotiating position, the so-called general approach, on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform proposals. The Commission welcomes this agreement, a decisive step towards entering the negotiation phase with the co-legislators.

Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said: “I welcome the progress made and the general approach on the Common Agricultural Policy reached over the night. This is an important step for our farmers and our farming community. I am grateful for member states' constructive cooperation and I trust this agreement will help ensure that European agriculture can continue to provide economic, environmental and social benefits for our farmers and citizens in future.”

The European Parliament is also voting on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) proposals during the Plenary session, with voting sessions scheduled until today (23 October). Once the European Parliament agrees on a position for all three CAP reports, the co-legislators will be able to enter into the negotiation phase, with a view to reach an overall agreement.

The Commission presented its CAP reform proposals in June 2018, aiming at a more flexible, performance and results-based approach, while setting higher environmental and climate action ambitions. Following the adoption of the Farm to fork and biodiversity strategies, the Commission presented the CAP reform's compatibility with the Green Deal's ambition.

Continue Reading

Agriculture

Commission organizes first Farm to Fork 2020 conference 

Published

on

On 15 October European Green Deal Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, together with  Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski opened the Farm to Fork 2020 conference - Building sustainable food systems together. The virtual conference will also take place today (16 October), it being World Food Day. This conference is the first in what will be an annual gathering of European stakeholders willing to engage and help shape the EU's path towards sustainable food systems.

More than 1,000 stakeholders across the food value chain, public authorities, international and civil society organizations, as well as members of the public have registered to join the debate and contribute to the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy, adopted earlier this year. At the heart of the European Green Deal, the strategy aims at a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The event will also provide a forum for discussion on the challenges and opportunities linked to the transition to sustainable food systems, as well as on possible further areas of intervention The whole event is accessible via web streaming.

Continue Reading

Agriculture

Commission publishes public opinion survey on EU food and farming

Published

on

Three out of four Europeans are aware of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and consider all citizens benefit from it, according to the latest EU-wide Eurobarometer survey of public opinion about agriculture and the CAP, published today by the European Commission. The survey shows that more EU citizens are aware of the CAP (73% today, six percentage points more than in 2017) and believe that the CAP benefits all citizens, not only farmers (76% today, 15 percentage points more than in 2017).

Furthermore, citizens' views on what the main objectives of the CAP should be remain similar to the findings of the 2017 survey. Most believe that providing safe, healthy food of high quality should be the main objective, representing the view of 62% of respondents, same as in 2017. An increased number of Europeans think that the EU is fulfilling its role regarding the key objectives of the CAP. In comparison with 2017, all areas including food security, sustainability, safe and quality food increased by at least five percentage points.

More citizens are now aware of the organic farming logo, covering 56% of respondents (up 29 percentage points compared to 2017). Even though a growing share of citizens believe that agriculture is one of the major causes of climate change (from 29% in 2010 to 42% in 2020), the majority of citizens believe that agriculture has already made a major contribution to fighting climate change, with 55% holding this view, up from 46% in 2010. The survey was conducted from August to September 2020, including more than 27,200 respondents in 27 member states. The full report of the EU-survey will be published later in November. More information is available online.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

Twitter

Trending