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Food and agriculture priorities of the Italian Presidency of the EU


The Italian Presidency of the European Union has announced its political priorities in the field of food and agriculture to be focused on during the second part of 2014. Organic farming, a merger of the EU School Fruit and School Milk Scheme, works on the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) legislation, EU animal and plant health, as well as implications from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) top the Italian agenda. EPHA has been actively following the TTIP (...)
22/07/2014

Council discusses merging of EU School Fruit and Milk Scheme and adopts conclusions on fruit and vegetables


On 17-18 June, the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Union (EU) discussed progress made on the proposals for regulations merging the aid scheme for the supply of fruit, vegetables and milk in educational settings. The Council also adopted its Conclusions on the fruit and vegetable sector since the 2007 reform. The Presidency presented its progress report on the Commission proposals for regulations merging the schemes for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk (...)
22/07/2014

EU Court of Auditors slams EU CAP wine promotion budget as waste of taxpayers money


1 July, 2014 - A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the need for an investment and promotion measures specific to the wine sector is not justified. The sector already enjoys support from the rural development programme. From a public health perspective, taxpayers money channeled to production and promotion of alcohol is a clear clash with EU policies designed and implemented to reduce alcohol consumption in Europe and beyond. One of EPHA’s (...)
01/07/2014

Council conclusions on nutrition and physical activity


20 June 2014 - As result of the Council Meeting on Nutrition and Physical Activity in Luxembourg on 20 June 2014, the Council adopted the following conclusions: "The Council of the European Union recalls: 1. Article 168 of the TFEU which states that a high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Union policies and activities and provides that Union action; 2. The Council conclusions on: Health in all policies; Putting the EU (...)
20/06/2014

NGOs call for a better and more balanced composition of new European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development


14 June 2014 - The environment, public health and farm animal welfare communities across Europe have sent a letter to the in-coming European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that its constituency properly reflects the needs and concerns of society as a whole, rather than primarily representing the sectoral interests of the farming community only. Composition of the EP Agriculture Committee Open letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPS) (...)
17/06/2014

European Commission allocates national budgets for 2014/2015 EU School Fruit Scheme


The Management Committee of the EU School Fruit Scheme agreed on the final national envelopes available for the 2014/15 operating period of the Scheme in each participating Member State. The decision takes into account the increase in EU funds from €90 million to €150 million, that was agreed in the context of the most recent CAP 2020 reform. In addition to financing the distribution of fruit and vegetables in educational settings, the funds will, for the first time, also be (...)
12/06/2014

[Conference] Building Healthy Global Food Systems - A New imperative for Public Health


The AIMS of this conference are to review the status of diet-related ill health, determine the impact that existing global food systems have on health, and then explore policies that could effectively promote health and well-being and support global food systems which are environmentally, culturally and socially sustainable. To achieve this, the OBJECTIVES of the conference are to: Characterise, discuss and agree what is meant by healthy diets and food systems; Identify the major (...)
05/06/2014

EPHA participates in meeting between Member States and Advisory Group on ’Fruit and Vegetables’ and EU School Fruit Scheme Experts Group


On 20 May, EPHA participated in a joint meeting between EU Member States (MS), DG Agriculture’s Advisory Group on Fruit and Vegetables and the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS) Expert Group. The meeting was an opportunity to review the current SFS implementation period. A presentation given by DG Agriculture’s Unit dealing with the SFS, summarised the scheme’s current implementation period of 2013/2014 but also presented a couple of interesting findings from the 2012/2013 (...)
04/06/2014

Eating Better Alliance publishes policy recommendations for promoting healthy diets


Eating Better Alliance - of which EPHA is a partner network - has published its new Policy Briefing outlining a set of recommendations to policy makers aimed at promoting healthy diets. Although the focus is national (UK), there is a strong European dimension to the solutions proposed, which are in line with EPHA’s advocacy messages of a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform to support an integrated food and agriculture policy and system. The article below is a modified version of (...)
04/06/2014

Keeping Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) on the radar screen, year-round


The global problem of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) demands the continuous attention of the public health community beyond the annual focus of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (marked annually on 18 November). EPHA is committed to raising awareness of AMR-related concerns, including the reduction of antibiotics use, to ensure that people living in Europe can continue to benefit from life-saving antibiotics. Moreover, it is important to promote policy coherence, as well as effective, (...)
22/05/2014