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24/05/2018
Reference number: 
28/2018

The CAP reform must strengthen the financial position of farmers, as well as their position in the supply chain. A strong well-funded CAP is essential for sustainable and viable agriculture in the EU. The CAP's provisions must attract and support young farmers and facilitate generational renewal. This includes a strong first pillar that ensures a fair income for active farmers and an incentive for the delivery of public goods, and a second pillar that corresponds to the Cork 2.0 declaration and better supports Europe's rural areas. 

28/03/2018
Ongoing
Reference: 
NAT/719-EESC-2018-1688

Persistent organic pollutants ("POPs") are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, and pose a risk to human health and the environment.

The aim of this proposal for a regulation is that the Commission has identified needs to update and recast the existing regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants that dates back to 2004.

Information memo: Recast of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

16/11/2017 17/11/2017

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) has been the main framework for relations between the continents of Europe and Africa since 2007. Its goal is to develop a shared vision of the main global issues whilst simultaneously strengthening cooperation in a broad range of areas such as development, governance, human rights, trade, regional integration, food security and migration. To this end, meetings of EU-African economic and social stakeholders are held on a regular basis.

September 2017

Topics:

  • Impact of digitalisation on labour markets
  • Brexit: why the Irish Border is a core issue?
  • A Paris-style agreement is needed on the future of work
  • The Common Agriculture Policy: it's less about direct payments than you think!
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The Employers' Group newsletter- September 2017

25/04/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/717-EESC-03013-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
530th -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

This EESC opinion intends to look deeper into the merits and the consequences of the Commission's Action Plan for nature, people and the economy.

The Commission has developed an action plan to improve the implementation of the Nature Directives, their coherence with socio-economic objectives and engagement with national, regional and local authorities, stakeholders and citizens.

 

 

EESC opinion: An Action Plan for nature, people and the economy

09/06/2017
Reference number: 
30/2017

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is an essential EU policy and any changes need to strongly support the European model of agriculture and family farming. A reshaped CAP must support farm incomes, deal with market volatility and preserve European agricultural production, also in light of any new trade deals. The income inequality both between rural and urban areas and within the agricultural sector itself should be overcome. The future CAP must also deliver on Europe's international ...

06/04/2017

On 5 April, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s NAT section invited supporters and opponents of the European Citizens' Initiative calling for a ban on glyphosate to debate in its premises. A million supporters from at least 7 member states are needed in order for the Commission to consider taking action about this substance along the demands of the ECI. After two months the initiative has already collected over 640,000 signatures.

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