Business representatives, workers’ and consumers’ associations, NGOs, local and regional authorities and other stakeholders gathered in Brussels for the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February. The EESC is also preparing opinions on the new package of policies implementing the CEAP.
Sezzjoni għall-Agrikoltura, l-Iżvilupp Rurali u l-Ambjent (NAT) - Related News
As announced, the European Commission adopted on 29 November a non-legislative communication under the title "The Future of Food and Farming – for a flexible, fair and sustainable Common Agricultural Policy".
Simpler rules and a more flexible approach are the cornerstone ideas of the Communication, which outlines the ways for the CAP to deliver real results in support of farmers and lead the sustainable development of EU agriculture. The flagship initiative is a greater responsibility of the Member States to choose how and where to invest their CAP funding in order to meet common goals on environment, climate change and sustainability.
The current framework does not lead to sustainable food systems, warns the EESC
The current EU framework does not suffice for a transition to more sustainable food systems. A comprehensive food policy is urgently needed in order to improve coherence across food-related policy areas, restore the value of food and ensure the effective implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said at its plenary session on Wednesday.
A presentation given by D. Joaquín Olona Blasco, Consejero de Desarrollo Rural y sostenibilidad del Gobierno de Aragón durign the NAT section meeting of 21/11/2017 at the EESC.
Civil society, cities and regions call for targeted support for their vital contribution to implementation of the Paris Agreement
EESC calls for a reference framework to safeguard soil health and fertility, an important element of our livelihood. Maintaining or improving the health of Europe's soils is one of the most important challenges in preserving our livelihood. We need to be aware of the quality of our soil in order to react in time. As a first step towards better and sustainable management of the EU's soil, the EESC proposes a joint EU reference framework with a view to lay down uniform terminology and harmonised criteria for good soil status. Landowners and users have a special role in providing ecosystem services in relation to European soil, and they need the EU's support.
A real breakthrough requires their further spreading and scaling-up
A few weeks before the European Commission was to vote on a ten year renewal of the glyphosate licence, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offered a forum for discussion during its plenary on Wednesday. Two of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) proponents, David Schwartz from WeMove.org and Herman van Bekkem from Greenpeace, were invited to present the goals of their initiative.
EESC calls on the Commission to better promote EU's sugar industry
When beet sugar production quotas end in October this year the European sugar industry will find itself in a completely new situation. Whether this new challenge will turn into a success story with the sugar industry profiting from unlimited sugar production for export and food use is largely dependent on how the EU supports Europe's beet sugar processors and sugar beet farmers.
Creating a positive narrative for the EU, strengthening its economic foundations, fostering its social dimension, facilitating the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy and empowering and involving Civil Society. These are the main messages of the contribution of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to the European Commission's 2018 Work Programme. The EESC calls on the Commission to adopt sustainable development as an overarching ...