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  • An extraordinary NAT Bureau meeting took place in France, Rouen, on 8-9 September 2022, upon the initiative of Mr Arnold Puech d'Alissac (Member of the Group of Employers).  The aim was to explore the French approach on carbon-farming as a follow-up of the EESC opinion on sustainable carbon cycles, as well as the agricultural assets of the Normandy region.

  • Strengthening local and regional food production and processing within the EU and guaranteeing decent working conditions for all workers in agriculture and the wider food sector are important objectives in seeking to improve the sustainability of the European food supply chain. Other aspects of key importance to sustainability are fair international trading practices, encouraging more women and young people into the farming sector, and structured stakeholder involvement and dialogue.

  • Extraordinary meeting of the Diversity Europe Group in the context of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Conference on the Future of Europe on 29 November 2021

  • La normativa de la UE sobre el uso en la agricultura de productos fitosanitarios (plaguicidas) y otras sustancias químicas figura entre las más estrictas del mundo. Sin embargo, todavía hay margen de mejora para lograr una mayor convergencia normativa a fin de reducir los riesgos asociados al uso de productos fitosanitarios y garantizar un suministro de alimentos sanos y seguros para una población mundial en constante crecimiento.

  • The NAT section invited the two winners of the COPA COGECA 2021 Innovation Award for Women Farmers to join its Section meeting of 15 April 2021 to bring practical and innovative ideas in their debates.

  • The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted the opinion From Farm to Fork: a sustainable food strategy at its September Plenary session, following the European Commission's communication on the Farm to Fork Strategy - for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. As an integral part of the European Green Deal, this is the first EU strategy claiming to encompass the entirety of the food chain.

  • La pandemia de COVID-19 demuestra el carácter geoestratégico del sector agroalimentario y la necesidad de mantener una autosuficiencia alimentaria en la Unión Europea. Por ello, el Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE) acoge favorablemente la nueva medida propuesta por la Comisión Europea, destinada a apoyar a las explotaciones agrícolas y las pymes agroalimentarias con problemas de liquidez y a garantizar su supervivencia económica durante esta crisis. Sin embargo, el CESE considera que la Comisión Europea debería crear un fondo extraordinario al margen del presupuesto de la PAC para permitir la puesta en práctica de esta medida.

  • On 19 February 2020, Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski met Maurizio Reale, the president of the EESC’s NAT section to explore possibilities for cooperation.

  • At its plenary session on 20 February, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomed the instigators of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Eat Original. Unmask Your Food”, which calls on the European Commission to impose mandatory origin labelling for all food products in order to prevent fraud and guarantee consumers' right to information.

  • One year after the European Commission had launched its updated European Bio-economy Strategy, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with the Commission and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) organised an event on European Bio-economy: Regions, Cities and Civil Society on October 16th 2019, in Brussels.