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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: 506 - 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
    Land grabbing in Europe/family farming Adopted References: CESE 926/2014 - NAT/632 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: CESE 5960/2014 - NAT/656 Referral - COM(2014) 556 final – 2014/0255 (COD) 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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  • 11 Dec 2014
    The circular economy: job creation and the Green Action Plan for SMEs Adopted References: CESE 5003/2014 - NAT/652 Referral - COM(2014) 440 final 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: CESE 5002/2014 - NAT/651 Referral - COM(2014) 398 final 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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  • 10 Dec 2014
    Import of Turkey's agricultural products Adopted References: CESE 6087/2014 - NAT/657 Referral - COM(2014) 586 final – 2014/0272 (COD) Plenary Session: 503 - 10 Dec 2014 - 11 Dec 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    Adopted at the plenary session 10-11 December 2014

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  • 10 Dec 2014
    Import of Turkey's agricultural products/suspending concessions Adopted References: CESE 6089/2014 - NAT/658 Referral - COM(2014) 593 final – 2014/0275 (COD) Plenary Session: 503 - 10 Dec 2014 - 11 Dec 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    Adopted at the plenary session 10-11 December 2014

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  • 10 Dec 2014
    Administration tariff quotas (codification) Adopted References: CESE 6091/2014 - NAT/659 Referral - COM(2014) 594 final – 2014/0276 (COD) Plenary Session: 503 - 10 Dec 2014 - 11 Dec 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    Adopted at the plenary session of 10-11 December 2014

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  • 10 Dec 2014
    Multiannual fishing plan for the Baltic Sea Adopted References: CESE 6093/2014 - NAT/660 Referral - COM(2014) 614 final – 2014/0285 COD Plenary Session: 503 - 10 Dec 2014 - 11 Dec 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    Adopted at the plenary session of 10-11 December 2014

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  • 16 Oct 2014
    Organic Production/ labelling Adopted References: CESE 2977/2014 - NAT/647 Referral - COM(2014) 0179 final Rapporteur: Mr Armands KRAUZE (Various interests - GR III / Latvia) Plenary Session: 502 - 15 Oct 2014 - 16 Oct 2014 (Summary Plenary Session)

    Adopted at the plenary session of 15-16.10.2014

     

     

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