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  To boost its development cooperation and to fill funding gaps, the European Union is increasingly resorting to “blending”. While using tax payer-funded aid to encourage the engagement of private companies and investors in development can be helpful in certain cases, new Oxfam research has confirmed that private money is not a magical tool to… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

In its 60-year history, the European Union has often distinguished itself by the use of innovative tools. Two come immediately to mind: the quotas and mechanisms under the Lomé Convention that offer developing country exporters the internal EU price rather than the dumping price practised on world markets. The regulatory innovation that was the rule… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

In this article I want to take a really broad look at how continuous innovation in the starch industry is contributing significantly to tackling some of the biggest challenges in sustainable agriculture and bioeconomy in Europe. Guest blog post by Jamie Fortescue, Managing Director at Starch Europe. The planet faces more and more environmental pressure.… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

By Marc-Olivier Herman, Oxfam EU Economic Justice Policy Lead Right now, European supermarkets are using their huge purchasing power to squeeze their food suppliers through a range of unfair trading practices, such as late payments or last-minute cancellations of orders. These practices lead to poor working conditions and even human rights abuses for the people… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Representing interests (more commonly known as ‘lobbying’) is a complex profession founded on a simple choice: either you try to convince and build consensus via mediation, or you work to impose one side’s view upon the other. The European Union, so long a beacon of mediation, is slowly drifting towards the second option. This is… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Thanks to the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, significant changes will be made to the national food legislation, including the regulation of providing information to consumers, in accordance with the Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. Adoption… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

New report shows why the planned EU ban on unfair trading practices is urgently needed Millions of women and men who produce our food are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions, despite billion-dollar profits in the food industry, reveals a new report published by Oxfam today. The report, ‘Ripe for Change’, also assesses… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

All economic activities related to research, development, production, trade and consumption of plants, animals and all other living things are defined as “bioeconomy”. Scientifically bioeconomy aims at producing economical gains by generating surplus values using new methods such as biotechnology with the targeted profits of improved health, increased productivity and higher quality in agricultural and… » read more

  Posted by Nacikgoz

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

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