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07/07/2015

On 7 July 2015, in collaboration with the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), Group III hosted a seminar to discuss the current situation in trade and agri-food products following the Russian restrictions on food imports from the EU. Since Russia banned the import of agricultural goods from the EU the situation for food producers has been very critical and has impacted several European countries such as Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia which export more than half of their agri-food export to Russia.

 

11/03/2016

The EESC has received a request from the incoming Dutch EU Presidency for an exploratory opinion on how to achieve more sustainable food systems in a resource-constrained world. In the past few years, civil society has been increasingly concerned about the environmental, economic and social impact of unsustainable food chains. Globally, about one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Food is also one of the most important drivers of environmental pressures. The hearing will represent an opportunity to hear from experts and stakeholders about their views and initiatives for a transition to more sustainable food systems in Europe. The discussion will take a holistic and systemic approach by considering the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability and the importance of cross-sectoral co-operation across the food supply chain.

04/11/2014

The EESC is currently preparing an own-initiative opinion on land grabbing in the EU and its implications on family farming. One of the objectives is to present relevant civil society proposals to address the consequences of large-scale land investments in the EU. In this context, the EESC will hold a public hearing entitled "Land grabbing – Large-scale land acquisitions in Europe" on Tuesday 4 November.

03/05/2017
From Cork 2.0 Declaration to concrete actions

On 9 November 2016 the EESC and CoR organised a conference on balanced territorial development entitled "Cork+20: leaving rural areas behind is no longer an option". At stake was the European Commission's new rural development strategy, which would normally have to be inspired by the new Cork 2.0 Declaration that has been co-signed by stakeholders at the Cork conference on 5-6 September 2016.

Now is the time to put the Cork 2.0 Declaration into action.

The EESC opinion is the organized civil society's contribution to the follow-up of the Conference. At the public hearing on 3 May we  discussed concrete actions for implementing the measures of the declaration. The trend towards a systematic prioritarization of urban areas across the whole set of EU sectoral policies must be reversed!

18/05/2016

This public hearing will discuss the current state of multilateral trade negotiations on agriculture. After the Nairobi agreement of export competition, some progress could be made on the areas of market access (tariffs and quotas) and, to some extent, on domestic support.

22/06/2016

The agro-food supply chain connects important and diverse sectors of the European economy that are essential for economic, social and environmental welfare as well as for the health of European citizens. Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and to the detriment of primary producers. The position of the most vulnerable actors, such as farmers, should therefore be addressed, in particular by ensuring that prices that allow the farmer to make a fair profit are paid throughout the agro-food supply chain and by putting an end to unfair trading practices.

26/06/2013

On Wednesday 26 June, 2013, the Various Interests Group of the EESC organised a seminar, in collaboration with the European Farmers' organisation COPA COGECA, on the theme: "Seeing European Agriculture differently". Participants discussed economic developments in European agriculture, the CAP, the management and financing of agricultural markets, and assess a geostrategic analysis of agricultural markets: trends and risks and a comparative evaluation of the main global agricultural policies.

25/10/2016

This hearing on the CAP post-2020 was organised jointly by the Agriculture and Forestry Committee of the Finnish Parliament and the NAT section of the EESC. The 2013 reform of the CAP is currently being implemented and the CAP simplification exercise is also underway. The EESC wants to be proactive in preparing for the next reform of the CAP which relates to the period after 2020. It was of utmost importance to make an in-depth analysis of the current CAP and the result of the previous reform.

29/09/2014

Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is a specific tool for use at sub-regional level, which is complementary to other development support at local level. CLLD can mobilise and involve local communities and organisations to contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, fostering territorial cohesion and reaching specific policy objectives.

In order to deliver an overview of the position of civil society, a public hearing was organised on 29 September 2014 at the EESC headquarters in Brussels, bringing together different actors in the field who shares their experience and positions regarding this new tool.

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