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Fishermen will have two years to “adapt” before sanctions for failing to comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) discard ban take effect, under a tentative deal struck by Parliament and Council on Thursday, with European Commission help. The agreement amends the “omnibus” regulation setting out detailed arrangements for enforcing the ban. (Read more: Discard ban: MEPs delay enforcement of sanctions on fishermen who fail to comply )

 
 

Q&A: GMO cultivation in the EU

Others Agriculture / Environment / Food safety12-01-2015 - 13:27
Corn in a field. ©BELGA_ AFP_P.HUGUEN  

The EU has one of the toughest genetically modified food regulations in the world and the cultivation of GM crops is only allowed following a thorough risk assessment. The Council has agreed to a proposal to give member states more flexibility to deal with GMOs on their own territory. MEPs will debate the proposal and vote on it on Tuesday morning. Follow it live on our website. (Read more: Q&A: GMO cultivation in the EU )

 
 

New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform

Plenary Session Fisheries16-04-2014 - 18:36
Fishermen pull out their nets from water aboard the fishing boat "Kanedevenn" as they fish sardines on September 24, 2013 in Quiberon, western France.  

Operating rules for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) aid to help fishermen to comply with new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requirements were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. EMFF aid will help fishermen to observe the discard ban, e.g. by buying more selective fishing gear, but will also be used to improve safety and working conditions, data collection and port infrastructure. All this will help to make EU fisheries more sustainable. (Read more: New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform )

 
 
Blue ripe grapes in a vineyard.©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK_H.Schneider  

A deal with the EU Council of Ministers on measures to boost sales of EU farm produce within the EU and abroad and to restore consumer confidence in the event of market disruptions was approved by the Agriculture Committee on Monday. (Read more: Agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council on promoting EU farm produce )

 
 

MEPs reject draft seed regulation

Plenary Session Agriculture11-03-2014 - 12:50
Oat graines  

The European Commission's proposal for plant reproductive material law, also known as the “seed regulation”, was voted down by Parliament on Tuesday, amid concerns that it would give the Commission too much power and leave EU countries without any leeway to tailor the new rules to their needs. Following the Commission’s refusal to withdraw its draft text and table an improved one, Parliament closed the first reading. (Read more: MEPs reject draft seed regulation )

 
 

New legislation to tackle outbreaks of animal diseases, such as African swine fever, more effectively, restrict the introduction of dangerous new pests and enable the EU to act quickly but responsibly in emergencies was adopted by the agriculture committee in two separate votes on Tuesday. (Read more: Animal diseases and pests: MEPs call for stronger measures to boost food safety )

 
 

Agriculture Committee rejects seed regulation

AGRI Agriculture11-02-2014 - 14:09

The Agriculture Committee rejected the Commission's proposed seed regulation by 37 votes to two on Tuesday amid concerns that it would give the Commission excessively wide powers and leave member states no room to adapt the rules to their needs. MEPs also said that the proposal failed to meet core objectives such as simplifying the rules and promoting innovation or to deal with plants viewed as generic resources. (Read more: Agriculture Committee rejects seed regulation )

 
 
A fishing boat on the way back to the harbor ©BELGA/EASYFOTOSTOCK  

Draft rules for allocating European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) aid to help fishermen comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requirements were informally agreed on Tuesday, after several three-way meetings between Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The rules should now be approved at the first reading, before the end of this Parliament. (Read more: Financing the new fisheries policy: political agreement on Fisheries Fund )

 
 

No to GMO: "We are clearly lacking evidence on the safety of this new strain"

Plenary Session Agriculture / Environment / Food safety16-01-2014 - 12:09
Interview with Dagmar Roth-Behrendt  

MEPs called on the Commission not to allow the genetically modified maize crop Pioneer 1507 on the EU market. This insect-resistant crop could be dangerous to harmless butterflies and moths, said a resolution approved on Thursday. We spoke to Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, a German member of the S&D group, who opposed approval along with other members of the environment committee. “Based on this proposal, we are clearly lacking evidence on the safety of this new GMO strain to have it on the EU markets." (Read more: No to GMO: "We are clearly lacking evidence on the safety of this new strain" )

 
 

All fishing activities should be banned in areas with vulnerable marine ecosystems, to be listed by the European Commission. However, bottom trawling should not yet be phased out altogether, said MEPs in Tuesday's plenary vote on a draft EU regulation on fishing deep-sea stocks in the North-East Atlantic. (Read more: Deep-sea fisheries: Parliament calls for bottom trawling ban in vulnerable areas )