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  • 27 Feb 2015
    Food safety and security Adopted References: NAT/633 EESC-2014-2479 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Igor ŠARMÍR (Employers - GR I / Slovakia) Plenary Session: 506 - 18 Mar 2015 - 19 Mar 2015



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  • 12 Feb 2015
    Agricultural trade/global food security Ongoing References: NAT/662 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Volker Petersen (Employers - GR I / Germany)

    Opinion on The importance of agricultural trade for the future development of agriculture and farming in the EU in the context of global food security

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  • 22 Jan 2015
    Rural Development Programmes Ongoing References: NAT/661-601 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Tom JONES (Various interests - GR III / United Kingdom)

    Adoption foreseen for the NAT section meeting of 13 July 2015 and the Plenary session of 16-17 September 2015




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  • 21 Jan 2015
    Expiry of the milk-quota system Adopted References: NAT/638 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Padraig WALSHE (Various interests - GR III / Ireland) Plenary Session: 504 - 21 Jan 2015 - 22 Jan 2015 (Summary Plenary Session)
    • The EESC considers the abolition of the milk quota system from 31 March 2015, as decided in 2008, to be a fundamental change. Since the introduction of this comprehensive method of guiding production on 1 April 1984, it has over time become increasingly clear that dairy prices and farmers' incomes have not been sufficiently effectively supported and stabilised and that dairy production in the EU has decreased, while rising significantly worldwide.
    • The EESC argues that EU dairy policy after expiry of the milk quota system, i.e. post-2015, must not only allow for growth and expansion but should also be obligated to avoid abandonment of dairying and to provide support for smaller farmers especially in disadvantaged areas and mountainous regions .

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  • 21 Jan 2015
    2015 Global climate change negotiations Ongoing References: NAT/665 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Lutz Ribbe (Various interests - GR III / Germany)


    Adoption foreseen for the NAT section meeting of 5 June 2015 and the Plenary session of 1-2 July 2015

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  • 21 Jan 2015
    Land grabbing in Europe/family farming Adopted References: NAT/632 EESC-2014-926 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Kaul NURM (Various interests - GR III / Estonia) Plenary Session: 504 - 20 Jan 2015 - 21 Jan 2015 (Summary Plenary Session)


    Growing global demand for food and the financial investors' interest in the agricultural sector have led to large-scale acquisitions, also known as "land grabbing", of farming land all over the world. .

    The aim of the opinion is to take stock of the land grabbing phenomenon in the EU, and to discuss its extent and various causes. The document should explain the implications of this process for the environment, jobs, the local population, rural life and food security. It focuses on large-scale acquisitions of agricultural land (including the associated bodies of water), which should be seen as a natural resource.

    As 2014 has been designated as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) by the UN, the opinion will also contribute to the debate in this context.

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  • 21 Jan 2015
    Medicated feed and veterinary medicinal products Adopted References: NAT/656 EESC-2014-5960 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr José María ESPUNY MOYANO (Employers - GR I / Spain) Plenary Session: 504 - 21 Jan 2015 - 22 Jan 2015 (Summary Plenary Session)

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  • 20 Jan 2015
    Trade in seal products Ongoing References: NAT/666 Referral - Rapporteur: Thomas MCDONOGH (Employers - GR I / Ireland)

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  • 11 Dec 2014
    The circular economy: job creation and the Green Action Plan for SMEs Adopted References: NAT/652 EESC-2014-5003 Referral - Rapporteur: Antonello PEZZINI (Employers - GR I / Italy) Plenary Session: 503 - 10 Dec 2014 - 11 Nov 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)


    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that the prospect of a European circular economy should bring a major boost to the systemic competitiveness of the EU, a driver for growth and a generator of new green jobs and skills, providing it is based on a shared European strategic vision with active participation from the world of work, governments, employers and employees, consumers and legislative and regulatory authorities at various levels.

    The Committee calls for the launch of a major participatory foresight initiative at European level, with a view to moulding a common vision among all public and private players, in order to pave the way for a consensus-based transition to a circular economy with coherent and effective policies and instruments at EU, national and regional levels, and in order to give concrete impetus to the green innovation agenda

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  • 11 Dec 2014
    Circular economy Adopted References: NAT/651 EESC-2014-5002 Referral - Rapporteur: Ms. An LE NOUAIL MARLIÈRE (Workers - GR II / France) Plenary Session: 503 - 10 Dec 2014 - 11 Dec 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The Committee welcomes the two communications and the package of amendments to the waste directives and supports the campaign to make all businesses and consumers aware of the need to phase out the current linear economic model of "take, make, consume and dispose" and accelerate the transition to a circular model that is restorative by design and aims to rely on renewable energy, in order to minimise the use of natural resources.

    However, the Committee regrets that the specific proposals put forward by the Commission focus too much on waste policies and legislation while similar specific proposals "upstream" aimed at improving the entire lifecycle of products are missing.

    The framework proposed by the European Commission should share the work involved in promoting awareness and changing behaviour fairly between stakeholders: looking to the future, achieving scientific progress, introducing innovative applications, and safeguarding Europe's competitiveness and the common interest should all be kept in balance. Consumers and producers must be made aware of their responsibilities.

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