EU Commission says new EU food policy will be consistent with CAP goals

EU Commission says new EU food policy will be consistent with CAP goals

The new Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy is compatible with the general thrust of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)’s proposal presented in June 2018, provided that its core aspects are confirmed in the legislative process, the European Commission has stressed in response to a query from EU lawmakers. On 20 May, the EU executive unveiled its 27-action point landmark food policy aiming to transform the European way of producing, distributing and consuming food. Upon request from the European Parliament, the Commission was asked to draft an assessment document analysing the…

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Cohesion becomes central in EU recovery package

Cohesion becomes central in EU recovery package

Through the new REACT-EU emergency instrument, cohesion policy will be one of the key elements in the European Commission’s proposal for a recovery package, which takes into account that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been uneven across the EU.  “This is the European answer to the biggest crisis we have ever seen,” the Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Fereira, told a press conference about the EU recovery package, “I am very glad that inside the DNA of this recovery proposal, you have conversion, cohesion and reforms.” The…

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Countries and institutions of the world promise Venezuelan refugees 3.1 billion Euros

Countries and institutions of the world promise Venezuelan refugees 3.1 billion Euros

A virtual International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants raised €3.1 billion Tuesday (26 May) from more than 60 countries and institutions to assist the displaced population of the South American country. “We have to be proud of what we achieved,” said Arancha González Laya, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Some €2.5 billion was pledged through the digital fundraising and €595 million in donations. This funding will make it possible in the short term to meet the EU’s objective of relieving the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela and neighbouring…

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Return to the future for cities after COVID-19

Return to the future for cities after COVID-19

Cities have been hit the hardest by the corona pandemic. Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, declares a state of social and economic emergency for his city and many others across Europe. And he argues that cities are key for a sustainable recovery in Europe. In my country, Italy, doctors and nurses were confronted with a grim decision at the peak of the corona crisis: with not enough ventilators for all patients, they had to decide who to save – and who to let die. We must do everything possible…

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Putin has set a new date for a military parade on Red Square due to coronavirus

Putin has set a new date for a military parade on Red Square due to coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin set a new date of 24 June for a grand Red Square military parade he was forced to postpone over a coronavirus outbreak that is still triggering thousands of new infections each day. The parade, originally scheduled for 9 May, is designed to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. It has been held annually on that date and the raw display of military strength and patriotism has become a hallmark of Putin’s rule. In power as president or…

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The ECB warns that a response to viruses may renew concerns about the collapse of the euro

The ECB warns that a response to viruses may renew concerns about the collapse of the euro

A vast fiscal fightback to the coronavirus crisis unleashed by eurozone governments could raise questions about capitals’ ability to repay debts and revive the threat of countries exiting the single currency, the European Central Bank warned Tuesday (26 May). “The increase in public debt comes on top of already higher debt levels in some sovereigns,” ECB Vice-President Luis de Guindos said. “In the medium term we have to pay attention to the fiscal sustainability situation,” de Guindos added, presenting a report that warned of possible increase in fears of “redenomination…

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Illegal football match is a concern in the French virus point

Illegal football match is a concern in the French virus point

An illegal football match played in France’s eastern city of Strasbourg sparked fears on Tuesday (26 May) the game could lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus virus in one of the worst-affected areas in the country. The match, played on Sunday between teams from the city’s districts of Neuhof and Hautepierre in a local stadium, attracted some 400 spectators in defiance of rules still in place to battle the virus. France began easing strict lockdown measures a fortnight ago, but gatherings remain limited to 10 people. The football game…

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Helping unemployed young people during a pandemic

Helping unemployed young people during a pandemic

A Europe-wide project launched in 2018 was already helping disengaged young citizens to find training and jobs when the COVID-19 outbreak started, rendering the programme more difficult but also more necessary than ever. According to Eurostat, 16.5% of Europeans between 20 and 34 years are NEETs, an acronym referring to those who are Neither in Employment, Education or Training. Spain, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria are particularly hit by this phenomenon.  To help young people in those countries find a professional path or even start their own business, the education-oriented organisation…

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Food security once again in the spotlight of the EU after the COVID-19 crisis

Food security once again in the spotlight of the EU after the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on the EU’s flagship new food policy, as the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), presented on Wednesday (20 May), demonstrated a renewed interest in food security to ensure the supply during crises of any nature. Although sustainability should have been at the core of the whole structure of the much-awaited F2F, the concept of food security has taken on an equally key role in the structure. Unveiling its food strategy, the Commission has recognised that the current COVID-19 pandemic, although not linked to…

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German cabinet agrees to CO2 price of 25 euros from January 2021

German cabinet agrees to CO2 price of 25 euros from January 2021

Germany’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday (20 May) on changes to the climate package launched last September, and it is now certain that from January 2021, a price of 25 euros per tonne of CO2 will apply in all sectors in Germany. Originally, the German government’s proposal had envisioned an entry price of €10 per tonne, which was to rise to €35 by 2025. According to the new regulation, the price in 2025 will now be €55. From the following year, emission certificates with a price corridor of €55-65 per unit…

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