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Under the farm to fork strategy, part of the European Green Deal, the EU has set itself a double target: a 50 % reduction in the overall use of and risk from chemical plant protection products, and a 50 % reduction in the use of more hazardous ones by 2030. The proposal for a regulation tabled by the European Commission on 22 June 2022, which would replace the 2009 sustainable use directive, would require Member States to contribute collectively to achieving these EU-wide targets through the adoption ...

The marketing standards established by the 'breakfast directives' are more than 20 years old. Over time, food markets have evolved substantially, driven by innovation and changes in consumer demand and expectations. Taking this shift into account, on 21 April 2023 the European Commission proposed to update some of the rules governing a set of directives on food products – the 'breakfast' directives – including the marketing standards they introduced. The revision also echoes key messages of the EU's ...

On 5 July 2023, the Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation on certain new genomic techniques (NGTs). It establishes two categories of plants obtained by NGTs: plants comparable to naturally occurring or conventional plants, and plants with modifications that are more complex. The two categories will be subject to different requirements to reach the market, taking into account their different characteristics and risk profiles. Feedback from stakeholders is mixed. While industry interest groups ...

This study is the third in a series of three research papers, prepared for a PECH Committee Workshop. It explores how initiatives within the European Green Deal may impact food security in fisheries and aquaculture. The Farm to Fork Strategy’s aim of sustainable food production indicates prioritising low-trophic species like bivalves and algae. ‘Fit for 55’ requires greater fuel efficiency and a transition to clean energy by the fishing fleet. A net positive long-term impact on food security is expected ...

Farming of animals for fur raises significant concerns regarding animal welfare, the environment and public health. A European Citizens' Initiative, 'Fur Free Europe’, calls for an EU-wide ban on the keeping and killing of fur animals as well as the placing of farmed fur and fur products on the EU market. The European Parliament is expected to hold a debate on the subject during its second plenary session in the month of October.

New EU fisheries control system

At a Glance 11-10-2023

During the October II plenary session, the Parliament is expected to vote on an agreement with the Council to revise the EU fisheries control system. The new legislation represents a complete overhaul of the current system. Major changes concern the tracking of all fishing vessels, electronic reporting of all catches, monitoring of recreational fisheries, improved traceability of fisheries products, and harmonisation of sanctions. CCTV cameras will be used to monitor vessels at high risk of not complying ...

This IA supports the proposals for a revision of the plant and forest reproductive material legislative framework. It effectively presents the need for a revision, to avoid further divergence in implementation across Member States, thus ensuring a level playing field on the EU market and availability of high-quality reproductive material adapted to align with the European Green Deals' sustainability objectives. The baseline would have benefited from a qualitative analysis of the foresight trends ...

The IA examines the problem's nature and scale comprehensively. However, the lack of representative data causes uncertainty regarding the scale of the problem at EU level (range of 60-70 % of unhealthy soils in the EU). The IA offers a broad and realistic range of policy options and consistently presents the stakeholders' views on the problems, their drivers, the objectives and the options. It provides a comprehensive description of the options and a detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis ...

The IA argues that existing GMO legislation is not fit for purpose for plants and their food and feed products developed using certain new genomic techniques (NGTs) and that their resulting limited uptake in the EU might lead to missed opportunities to reach the EU's sustainability objectives. It suggests four policy options (POs) in addition to the baseline and assesses their economic, environmental and social/health impacts. The assessment is predominantly qualitative and is based on the stakeholders ...

This study is the first research paper in a series of three, prepared for a PECH Committee Workshop. It gives insight on the challenges and opportunities arisen from the application of the European Green Deal to European fisheries. It identifies solutions that are currently being applied regarding decarbonisation and circular economy practices in fisheries and observed strengths and weaknesses of the regulatory framework. It provides policy recommendations to move towards the decarbonisation of the ...