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The recent discussions between Michel Barnier and David Davis, validated by the European Council, demonstrate many things: a failure to understand technical issues, stunning hypocrisy, signs of a Plan B. There is so much we still do not know. Based on public statements, the UK has obtained victory regarding the transition period, now 21 months… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Guest post by Helen Parker, Business analyst and legal advisor. After milk quotas, market fluctuations, EU-induced overproduction, free trade deals facing more competitive United States producers, and impossible red tape, EU farmers may be in for yet another challenge, with the possible introduction of very restrictive limits on the cadmium in their phosphate fertilizers, which… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

A delegated act tabled under EU tobacco legislation has sparked off an intriguing debate about the relationship between international treaties and EU secondary legislation. Is the European Commission respecting the WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products? In past years the Newsletter has spilt copious amounts of ink writing about the relationship between… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

  Due to the approximation to European standards in the field of food safety, Ukraine is becoming less and less exotic for the EU market. Thus, the implementation of the Association Agreement opens the way for those sectors of the economy, in which, through the successful coordination of key stakeholders, the political will of the… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

  BRUSSELS – The Government of Indonesia regrets and rejects the discrimination of the European Parliament Report proposing the elimination of palm oil-based biofuels by 2021. The decision is contradictory to the principle of free and fair trade especially related to timely removal of palm oil a decade earlier than other biofuels by 2030. “The… » read more

  Posted by Business Indonesia

French politicians and farmers are not happy about the EU’s plans to revamp the flagship, €58 billion-per-year Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by putting member states and regions in charge of allocating aid disbursements. Currently, France is the largest recipient of CAP payments, receiving 17% of all expenditures, and campaigners have claimed that a reduction in… » read more

  Posted by The Euro Economy

Integrated thinking

  Water and agriculture are inextricably linked but in Germany, there are water pollution problems caused by farming that must be urgently addressed The upsurge in land cultivation that has taken place over the past 60 years, coupled with the high use of fertilisers and pesticides and intensive mass animal farming, has led to significant… » read more

  Posted by EurEau

Reweaving the support systems of world seed business in one paper , I found attitude of some EU countries quite interesting. In 1980’s, they have decided to support firstly those seed companies, working autogam plants, for 25 years. The state which provides credit, scientific consultancy, expert, infrastructure and hardware support in the legal arrangements, especially… » read more

  Posted by Nacikgoz

Guest post by Harriet Bradley, EU Agriculture & Bioenergy Policy Officer at BirdLife If Aristotle were alive today, I’d like to imagine that he’d be right here in Brussels, giving open-air philosophy lectures at Place du Luxembourg. He would find no shortage here of topical analogies; only the other week we were given a first-hand… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

OPEN LETTER 25 October 2017 Karmenu Vella, Commissioner Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries European Commission 1049 Brussels Dear Commissioner Vella: We write regarding one of the world’s most vulnerable and valuable shark species – the shortfin mako, with hopes of enlisting your help to avert North Atlantic population collapse. As head of the EU’s environment… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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