News in 2014
Posted on 18/12/2014
Following initial indications that the proposed new regulation on organic farming would be scrapped from the European Commission's work programme for 2015, the final programme, adopted on Tuesday 16 December by the College of Commissioners, shows that the EU institutions now have six months to seek an agreement on the law or else alternative action will be taken.
Posted on 17/12/2014
The European Commission has banned the importation of horsemeat from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), which identified significant traceability problems with horses slaughtered for export to the EU that had originated in Mexico and the United States.
Posted on 15/12/2014
A leaked draft of the European Commission's work programme for 2015 shows that the proposed new regulation on organic farming will be scrapped. The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker will publish his final programme in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday 16 December following its approval at the College of Commissioners held earlier that day.
Posted on 15/12/2014
Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the Animal Welfare Declaration signed yesterday in Vught by Sharon Dijksma, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture; Christian Schmidt, the German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture and Dan Jørgensen, the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. This initiative calls on the European Commission and all Member States to acknowledge the need for better regulation, better animal welfare and to promote awareness, EU standards and knowledge in order to #Act4Animals.
Posted on 20/11/2014
Is it happening again? Another case of avian influenza in yet another EU country! And now control measures are underway, including the culling of thousands of farmed chickens and ducks using carbon dioxide gas, according to media reports.
Posted on 03/10/2014
Earlier this year the European Commission published the long awaited proposal for a new Regulation on organic farming and production (2014/0100 (COD)). The proposal, which could replace Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 following a period of transition, aims to improve the existing legislation on organic production to better support its sustainable development, guarantee fair competition for farmers and operators, and maintain consumer confidence in organic products. But will the proposal really help reach its objective?
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