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  • 22 Apr 2015
    Adjustment rate for direct payments 2015 (category C) Adopted References: NAT/668 EESC-2015-02052-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Plenary Session: 507 - 22 Apr 2015 - 23 Apr 2015 (Summary Plenary Session)

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  • 22 Apr 2015
    Implications of climate and energy policy on agricultural and forestry sectors Adopted References: NAT/655 EESC-2014-06932-00-00-ac-tra Exploratory Opinion Rapporteur: Mr Mindaugas MACIULEVIČIUS (Various interests - GR III / Lithuania) Plenary Session: 507 - 22 Apr 2015 - 23 Apr 2015 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The Committee has received a request for an exploratory opinion from the incoming Latvian Presidency, which recommended to look at the following aspects in regard to the agricultural and forestry sectors: rural development, social aspects, regional contribution and the potential in achieving objectives and the "self-sufficiency" of the EU in the fields of food and renewable energy. A holistic assessment and approach is required in order to facilitate the reduction of GHG emissions without hampering the sustainable development and competitiveness of the EU.

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  • 18 Mar 2015
    Food safety and security Adopted References: NAT/633 EESC-2014-02479-00-00-ac-tra Own-initiative Rapporteur: Igor ŠARMÍR (Employers - GR I / Slovakia) Plenary Session: 506 - 18 Mar 2015 - 19 Mar 2015 (Summary Plenary Session)

     

     

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  • 19 Feb 2015
    Civil society involvement in the implementation of the Post-2015 agenda (Information report) Ongoing References: NAT/663 Own-initiative Rapporteur: King (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom)
  • 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
    CAP implementing arrangements (Information report) Ongoing References: NAT/664 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Campli (Various interests - GR III / Italy)

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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 EESC-2014-05123-00-00-ac-tra 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-2014-00926-00-00-ac-tra 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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