17 June 2019

Out of touch farm ministers miss Europe’s climate memo

Ahead of a ministerial discussion on the future of the EU’s agricultural policy tomorrow, European farm ministers have shown total disregard [1] for the urgent need […]
2 April 2019

Agriculture committee MEPs vote for farm income subsidy windfall with bare-bones environmental standards

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Agriculture committee have today voted for income support payments to no longer be subject to the respect of certain minimum environmental […]
14 February 2019

Historic European Parliament vote for nature-friendly farming

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Environment committee have today stood up for higher environmental ambition under the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). MEPs defended our environment […]
30 January 2019

EU moves to ban microplastics in most products

The EU will use its powerful chemical laws to stop most microplastics and microbeads being added to cosmetics, paints, detergents, some farm, medical and other products, […]
20 September 2018

Ministers shut green groups out of debate on EU’s ‘last chance’ farm policy

EU Agriculture Ministers will come together in Vienna next week to discuss the next reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). While representatives of the […]
1 June 2018

Commission’s timid farm policy ‘reform’ ignores environmental crisis on Europe’s farmland

The European Commission has today published its vision for the EU’s food and farming system for the years to come. The EEB strongly criticises the new […]
26 April 2018

Free pass for farming to sidestep environmental accountability

A leaked copy of draft Commission proposals for the future of EU farm policy reveals that billions of euros in farm subsidies could continue to be […]
25 April 2018

Next EU budget can usher in end of harmful farming era

It’s just one week to go until the publication of the Commission’s proposal for the EU’s next 7-year budget on 2 May, and how much funding […]
19 March 2018

Farm ministers in tangle over direct payments as EU financial watchdog issues ‘business as usual’ warning on future of farm policy

A new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has branded the changes suggested in the Commission’s plans for an overhaul of the Common Agricultural […]
8 March 2018

Ministers’ farm fantasy risks decreasing CAP legitimacy further

Ahead of a meeting of EU farm ministers on 19 March, the EEB has criticised them for putting together draft conclusions that are based entirely on […]
17 January 2018

MEPs back reining in methane emissions

Sustainable farming across Europe is only possible if emissions of methane – a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming – are tackled alongside carbon dioxide […]
12 December 2017

EU body calls farm policy’s green credentials into question

The last attempt to ‘green’ EU farm policy did not lead to any significant increase in environmentally-sound farming practices – despite European governments spending a huge […]