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Plenary round-up – Brussels, February II 2018

The session’s highlights included debates on the humanitarian situation in Syria, the outcome of the informal European Council, and activation of Article 7 (1) with regard to Poland. The European Commission also made statements on UN Human Rights Council sessions in 2018, the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, its former President Barroso’s lobbying activities, and removal of third countries from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Among the votes held, Parliament agreed to set up a new special committee on tax questions (TAXE 3) and elected a new vice-president. Continue reading

Parliament rejects criteria for endocrine disruptors

Endocrine disruptors, or endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are substances that impact on the functioning of hormones, with potentially harmful effects on health. Continue reading

Resource efficiency: Reducing food waste, improving food safety [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Ivana Katsarova, As part of its action plan on the circular economy, the EU is aiming to give substance to a more efficient use of resources by reducing food waste and increasing food security. The European Parliament is due to vote in May 2017 on an own-initiative report proposing measures to cut the … Continue reading

EU animal welfare strategy, 2012-2015: State of play and possible next steps

Written by Beata Rojek. In recent decades, awareness of and concern for animal welfare have been constantly growing among citizens, businesses and policy-makers. Two Eurobarometer surveys – from 2006 and 2016 – revealed its increasing resonance with public opinion. The topic has been on the EU policy agenda for over 40 years, which has helped … Continue reading

Short food supply chains and local food systems in the EU

The current EU rural development policy 2014-2020 puts more emphasis than before on short food supply chains and defines them precisely for the first time. Producers wishing to involve themselves in local food systems can benefit from several measures co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Continue reading

Food Contact Materials – Regulation (EC) 1935/2004: European Implementation Assessment

Written by Ekaterina Karamfilova, Food contact materials (FCMs) are widely used in everyday life in the form of food packaging, kitchen utensils, tableware, etc. When put in contact with food, the different materials may behave differently and transfer their constituents to the food. Thus, if ingested in large quantities, FCM chemicals might endanger human health, … Continue reading

Consumer protection in the EU: Policy overview

Written by Jana Valant The final consumption expenditure of households currently accounts for 57% of EU gross domestic product. A single market that serves consumers well is therefore an important element to stimulating Europe’s economic growth. The Council Resolution of 14 April 1975 on a preliminary programme of the European Economic Community for a consumer … Continue reading

Updating rules on novel foods to keep up with scientific advances

Written by Tarja Laaninen To protect public health, new foods or food ingredients (‘novel foods’) require safety assessment and authorisation before they can be placed on the EU market. The current authorisation process covering novel foods is seen by the food industry as complex, expensive and time-consuming. In addition, stakeholders agree that updating the current … Continue reading

Organic Food

Written by Giulio Sabbati and Ivana Katsarova Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that aims at sustainable agriculture, high-quality products and the use of processes that do not harm the environment, human, plant or animal health and welfare. Globally, 43.1 million hectares of agricultural land was under organic production … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: EU expenditure on animal and plant health and a safe food chain

Written by Alessandro D’Alfonso The agri-food sector plays a significant role in the EU’s economy, employing close to 50 million people. EU expenditure on ‘food and feed’ aims to contribute to safety along the food chain, mainly by preventing, controlling and eradicating serious pests and diseases, in animals or plants, and strengthening related controls. Key objectives … Continue reading

Our world, our future – Expo Milano and the European Year for Development 2015

Written by Astrid Klaver and Tessa Tumbrägel Nearly a billion people around the world live in extreme poverty and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) estimates that 805 million people are chronically undernourished. These pressing issues are addressed at Expo Milano – which opens today – and in the context of the European Year … Continue reading

Expo Milano 2015

Written by Astrid Klaver, Maria Kollarova and Ana Martinez Juan The World Expo traditionally addresses a specific theme to demonstrate the progress achieved and showcase future prospects, with the purpose of educating the public. The Universal Exhibition ‘Expo Milano 2015 ‘ is themed ‘ Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life ‘. It will focus on the … Continue reading

Les productions “bio” et l’Union européenne

Écrit par Jean Weissenberger L’agriculture biologique se veut respectueuse des cycles naturels, en excluant le recours aux organismes génétiquement modifiés, en limitant l’usage de produits chimiques de synthèse et en assurant le bien-être des animaux. La production biologique, règlementée et soutenue au niveau de l’UE, est contrôlée, certifiée et labellisée. Le cahier des charges s’adapte … Continue reading

‘Best before’ date labels: Protecting consumers and limiting food waste

Written by Jana Valant The ‘best before’ date, that is the recommended last consumption date, is often confused with the ‘use by’ date, intended for foods that are highly perishable (such as fresh meat or dairy products). Recent consumer market surveys in the EU show that only a third of consumers are able to correctly … Continue reading

New GMO legislation

Current and future EU legislation regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is of major interest to citizens writing to the European Parliament. They often express concerns about GMO crops and ask that the EU ensures environment and consumer protection. 4 language versions available in PDF format EN: New GMO legislation FR: Nouvelle législation relative aux OGM … Continue reading

Security to the fore – February plenary session

Written by Clare Ferguson Parliament’s next plenary session takes place from 9 to 12 February in Strasbourg. With little high-profile legislative work on the agenda, the session takes place before a backdrop of ongoing security concerns. The informal European Council meeting at the end of the week is likely to demonstrate how the EU’s leaders … Continue reading

Towards new rules on GMO crops within the EU

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament expressing their concerns about GMO crops. Update Please have a look at our new EP answers on this topic, published on 12 February 2015: New GMO legislation Previous version (archived) 3 language versions available in pdf: DE: Auf dem Weg zu neuen Vorschriften für GVO-Pflanzen innerhalb der EU … Continue reading

Olive oil sector

Written by Ana Martinez Juan The European Union (EU) is the largest producer (accounting almost three quarters) and consumer (accounting two thirds) of the olive oil in the world. Olive growing is a feature of sociocultural life in many Mediterranean regions. Olive trees are grown in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Cyprus, Slovenia and Malta. … Continue reading

Impact of a potential EU-US FTA (TTIP) on consumer protection and food safety

In its Interim Report to Leaders, 19 June 2012 (the final report was due end 2012, but still not published as of Feb. 2013), the Co-Chairs EU-U.S. High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth states on p.3, that “In order to set the most constructive stage for U.S.-EU discussions during the hoped-for negotiations, we … Continue reading

Fighting food fraud

The horsemeat scandal, which hit the EU at the beginning of 2013, put the European food sector under the spotlight. Tests carried out in the wake of the crisis revealed that public health was not at risk and that this was a case of food fraud rather than food safety. However, the episode dented consumer … Continue reading

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