On Thursday, the European Commission presented a list of ‘unfair commercial practices’ that it would like to see eliminated in order to strengthen the position of farmers and SMEs vis-à-vis major food manufacturers and distributors. (Article in French)
The European Commission, drawing on lessons learned from the controversy surrounding the renewal of the glyphosate licence in the EU, unveiled proposals on Wednesday to make the scientific evaluation process more transparent. (Article in French)
With just three votes in favor, the European Parliament failed on Wednesday to block the European Commission’s proposal to authorize phosphate-based additives in kebab meat sold in the European Union.
With mixed emotions expressed by fishermen and disappointment by NGOs, the 2018 fishing quotas hatched out by the EU’s 28 member states on Tuesday evening generated nothing akin to clear or broad enthusiasm. (Article in French)
Today, as Donald Trump receives his Canadian counterpart to talk predominately about free trade, the European Parliament prepares itself to vote on Wednesday on whether to approve CETA, a deal that would be unconstitutional in France according to legal experts at the NGO Foodwatch. (Article in French)
The full letter that was sent to to Ms. Vestager of the European Commission for Competition yesterday, in which Eric Adreiu and 54 MEPs call on the European Commission to refuse the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer.
A favourite of 19th century miners who took them down the pit and a popular lunch to this day, the Cornish pasty and other delicacies with EU protected status could be threatened if Britain leaves the bloc.
This has been going on since 2014 and we have extensively covered Russia’s turpitudes in using food as a means for political ends, passing far beyond issues of agriculture. (Article in French)
The EU has authorized France to experiment for a period of one year with the labeling of meat and dairy origins in prepared foods, a victory for France. (Article in French)
On Wednesday, Brussels proposed a reform to GMO import regulations to facilitate their entry into the European Union. In exchange, member states will have the choice to ban their utilization, thus annoying all at once the United States, the industry and anti-GMO groups. (Article in French)