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New rules to curb the growing influx into the EU of plant pests such as Xylella fastidiosa, which has been devastating Italian olive groves in 2013, were endorsed by the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. Factors driving this influx include increased trade and climate change. The draft rules, informally approved by Parliament and Council negotiators in December 2015, would govern preventive measures for imported plant pests and rapid response mechanisms for high-risk ones. (Read more: Plant health: agriculture MEPs endorse deal to fight influx of pests to the EU )

 
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Fish are not only tasty and nutritious, but also increasingly at risk. Overfishing is causing fish stocks to drop around the world. The EU aims to promote sustainable fishing in Europe as part of its common fisheries policy. This week Parliament's fisheries committee votes on important agreements with Liberia and Mauritania and looks at how to improve the situation in the Mediterranean. (Read more: No to overfishing: Parliament votes on agreements to support fish stocks )

 

EU farm crisis: Structural reforms needed to stabilise the market, MEPs say

Plenary Session Agriculture12-04-2016 - 16:41

The EU must come up with more decisive actions to deliver relief fast to farmers in the worst-hit sectors, such as dairy and livestock, MEPs told EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, in Tuesday's debate on the ongoing crisis. They also called for structural reforms to better balance the supply chain, ensure fairer income for farmers and assist them to become more resilient to market shocks. (Read more: EU farm crisis: Structural reforms needed to stabilise the market, MEPs say )

 
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The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) which centralises and coordinates EU member states’ fisheries inspections, will be empowered to use the data provided by its ship reporting systems to detect vessels carrying migrants under updated rules approved by Parliament's Fisheries Committee on Tuesday. It will also be able to and conduct new types of operations to disrupt people smuggling routes. (Read more: Refugee crisis: EU Fisheries Control Agency to help detect migrant boats )

 

Superbugs: MEPs want to curb use of antibiotics in farming

Plenary Session Agriculture / Public health10-03-2016 - 13:21
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To fight the growing resistance of bacteria to today’s antibiotics, the use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted, and new ones should be developed, said the European Parliament on Thursday. In a vote on draft plans to update an EU law on veterinary medicines, MEPs advocate banning collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals, and back measures to stimulate research into new medicines. (Read more: Superbugs: MEPs want to curb use of antibiotics in farming )

 

MEPs approve updated rules to help contain transmissible animal diseases

Plenary Session Agriculture / Public health08-03-2016 - 13:20
Veterinarian with tablet at pigsty, checking information about diseases  

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015, were endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals, and potentially to humans too, puts fresh emphasis on prevention and should help professionals to keep pace with scientific progress. (Read more: MEPs approve updated rules to help contain transmissible animal diseases )

 

Milk and fruit scheme: MEPs endorse better schooling in healthier eating habits

Plenary Session Agriculture08-03-2016 - 13:01
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Children across the EU should soon get the benefit of better-funded school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes, along with better education on healthy eating. A new draft new law to this end, provisionally agreed with EU ministers in December 2015 and approved by Parliament on Tuesday, will merge today's separate EU school milk and fruit schemes and boost their combined annual budget by €20 million to €250 million a year. (Read more: Milk and fruit scheme: MEPs endorse better schooling in healthier eating habits )

 

From farm to fork: The EU fruit and milk schemes for schoolchildren

Plenary Session Agriculture / Youth / Public health04-03-2016 - 18:06
Interview with Marc Tarabella  

The EU's fruit and vegetable scheme for schools is to be merged with the school milk scheme. In the process MEPs have secured additional funding for the programmes which aim to help schools serve children fresh produce. The new joint scheme is to be debated at plenary on Monday 7 March, with members voting on it the following day. In an interview ahead of next week's debate Marc Tarabella, the author of Parliament's report on the issue, has a very simple and familiar message: "An apple a day..." (Read more: From farm to fork: The EU fruit and milk schemes for schoolchildren )

 
Animal diseases: the cost of acting too late Infographic - Agriculture / Public health25-02-2016 - 13:00

As outbreaks of avian flu have shown in the past, animal diseases can prove harmful to animals and people alike. The agriculture committee agreed this week new measures to prevent and stop future outbreaks of these diseases. Apart from the health risk, there is also an economic cost. Check out our infographics for more details. (Read more: Animal diseases: the cost of acting too late )

 
 

Containing animal disease outbreaks: agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council

AGRI Agriculture / Public health23-02-2016 - 11:03
 

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever, informally agreed by MEPs and the Council in June 2015, were backed by the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals and potentially to humans too, will put more emphasis on prevention and help keep pace with scientific progress. (Read more: Containing animal disease outbreaks: agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council )