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Plant pests: MEPs call for tougher import checks to protect EU citrus trees

Plenary Session Agriculture15-12-2016 - 12:44
PR Citrus fruit ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

Draft EU measures to help prevent citrus fruit and tree pests being imported into the EU are not good enough to protect EU growers, says a resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs want more stringent rules and checks to prevent the spread of pests such as citrus black spot fungus and the false codling moth. (Read more: Plant pests: MEPs call for tougher import checks to protect EU citrus trees )

 

MEPs ban deep-sea fishing below 800 meters in the North-East Atlantic

Plenary Session Fisheries13-12-2016 - 12:54

A ban on fishing below a depth of 800 meters in the North-East Atlantic was backed by Parliament on Tuesday. This ban will apply to bottom trawling, which often wrecks sea bed habitats, and also restrict deep-sea fishing to the area where it took place between 2009 and 2011. Tougher checks at sea and transparent data collection rules will also apply. (Read more: MEPs ban deep-sea fishing below 800 meters in the North-East Atlantic )

 

North Sea cod fisheries: MEPs end time-at-sea limits

Plenary Session Fisheries22-11-2016 - 12:23
Cod fishes  

North Sea cod fishermen will be able to land every catch – not just cod – more easily following Parliament’s green light on Tuesday. The updated regulation will remove limits on the number of days a vessel can spend in a fishing area and thus remove all obstacles to complying with the landing obligation in full. (Read more: North Sea cod fisheries: MEPs end time-at-sea limits )

 

To help farmers to cope with volatile prices, the EU must develop new risk and crisis management tools and strengthen their bargaining position in the food supply chain, says a non-legislative resolution voted in the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. The supply chain should be made more transparent, and the EU budget more flexible, so that funds can be deployed faster to tackle crises, add MEPs. (Read more: Food price volatility: Agriculture MEPs call for new EU risk management tools )

 

Plant health: MEPs step up fight against influx of pests to the EU

Plenary Session Agriculture26-10-2016 - 13:49

New rules to curb the growing influx into the EU of plant pests, such as olive grove killer Xylella fastidiosa, and better equip member states to tackle their spread, were endorsed by the Parliament on Wednesday. The new regulation introduces preventive and rapid response mechanisms for suspect plant imports, steps up pest surveillance efforts in the EU and requires all member states to draw up outbreak contingency plans. (Read more: Plant health: MEPs step up fight against influx of pests to the EU )

 

MEPs ask for uniform fair treatment for EU fishermen

Plenary Session Fisheries25-10-2016 - 13:06

EU fisheries rules should be applied uniformly to all EU fishermen, so that they are treated fairly, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Inspection procedures, e.g. for net mesh sizes and catches, should be standardized, as should penalties for infringements, it says. Introducing an EU “core curriculum” for training all fisheries inspectors, and using compatible real-time communication technologies EU wide, would also help improve fairness, it adds. (Read more: MEPs ask for uniform fair treatment for EU fishermen )

 

New rules to curb the growing influx into the EU of plant pests, such as olive grove killer Xylella fastidiosa, and better equip member states to tackle their spread, were endorsed by the Agriculture Committee on Thursday. The draft rules, informally agreed by MEPs and member states last year, will introduce new preventive and rapid response mechanisms for suspect plant imports, step up pest surveillance efforts in the EU and require all member states to draw up outbreak contingency plans. (Read more: Plant health: agriculture MEPs back deal to fight influx of pests to the EU )

 

MEPs and ministers struck a deal on a ban on fishing below a depth of 800 meters in the North-East Atlantic. The ban, agreed on Thursday afternoon, will apply to bottom trawling and would also restrict deep-sea fishing to the area where it took place between 2009 and 2011. (Read more: MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to ban deep sea fishing below 800 metres )

 

The EU multiannual plan for managing Baltic Sea cod, sprat and herring stocks was approved in plenary on Thursday. This is the first new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) regional plan that takes account of interactions between species. It aims to ensure the sustainability of fisheries and offer fishermen better economic conditions in the long run. Parliament and Council negotiators reached an informal agreement on it in March. (Read more: “Baltic plan”: first long-term fishing plan under new Common Fisheries Policy )

 
Agricultural Drones  Relatively cheap drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to increase yields and reduce crop damage. ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Demand for food is set to rise by 70% due to the global population growing to 9.6 billion by 2050. Feeding them all will be a serious challenge. In reports adopted during last week's plenary, MEPs stressed the need to invest in agricultural technology, while still reducing agriculture's ecological impact. They also looked into how farmers in Africa could be helped. (Read more: Feeding the world: MEPs survey development issues and technological options )