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Adottati on 01/12/2017
Referenza: 
NAT/711-EESC-2017-02234-00-00-AC-TRA
Sessjoni plenarja: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

The own-initiative opinion, prepared by the EESC Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems, will aim to identify existing challenges, policy inconsistencies and obstacles to a more coherent food policy approach at EU level; to provide examples of ongoing transitions to more sustainable food policies at local/regional/national level; to highlight the role of civil society in building partnerships among stakeholders across the food supply chain; and to define how a comprehensive food policy for the EU should look, including an indicative roadmap.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Civil society's contribution to the development of a comprehensive food policy in the EU

Adottati on 21/01/2015
Referenza: 
NAT/632-EESC-2014-00926-00-00-ac-tra
Sessjoni plenarja: 
504 -
Jan 20, 2015 Jan 21, 2015

 

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.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Land grabbing in Europe/family farming

Adottati on 17/09/2015
Referenza: 
NAT/662-EESC-2015-01349-00-03-AC-TRA
Sessjoni plenarja: 
510 -
Sep 16, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

Opinion on The importance of agricultural trade for the future development of agriculture and farming in the EU in the context of global food security

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Agricultural trade/global food security

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Agricultural trade statistics

Adottati on 26/05/2016
Referenza: 
NAT/677-EESC-2016-0232
Sessjoni plenarja: 
517 -
May 25, 2016 May 26, 2016

In the past few years, civil society has been increasingly concerned about the environmental and social impact of food production and consumption. At the request of the Dutch EU Presidency, the EESC is preparing an exploratory opinion on how to achieve sustainable food systems in a resource-constrained world. The opinion takes a holistic and comprehensive approach, looking at the interdependence of food production and consumption as well as fostering inter-sectoral cooperation.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: EESC Opinion: More sustainable food systems

Adottati on 19/10/2016
Referenza: 
NAT/680-EESC-2016-01870-00-00-ac-tra
Sessjoni plenarja: 
520 -
Oct 19, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

Over recent years, there has been a shift in bargaining power in the food supply chain, mostly to the advantage of the retail sector and some transnational companies and to the detriment of suppliers, in particular primary producers. The concentration of bargaining power has led to the abuse of positions of dominance causing weaker operators to become increasingly vulnerable to Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs). The opinion takes stock of the impact of UTPs, stresses the difficult position of the most vulnerable actors along the chain and calls for action at EU level to stop UTPs and promote a fairer food supply chain.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain

Adottati on 20/03/2013
Referenza: 
NAT/570-EESC-2012-1917
Sessjoni plenarja: 
488 -
Feb 20, 2013 Feb 21, 2013

Up to 50% of food gets wasted in EU households, supermarkets, restaurants and along the food supply chain each year, while 79 million EU citizens live beneath the poverty line and 16 million depend on food aid from charitable institutions. The proposed own-initiative opinion should give impetus to draw up at the European level a coordinated strategy, combining EU-wide and national measures, to improve the efficiency of food supply and consumption chains and to tackle food wastage as a matter of urgency.

Prevention and reduction of food waste

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