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Phil Hogan » European Commissioner-designate for Agriculture


PHIL HOGAN (54) born in Kilkenny, Ireland, is an Irish conservative politician who was nominated as Agriculture Commissioner in September 2014 after having previously served as Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. As part of his designated responsibilities (as indicated by new European Commission’s President Mr Juncker in his mission letter), Mr Hogan’s responsibilities will include issues related to food security, sustainable development of (...)
28/09/2014

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived


September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)
04/09/2014

Specific food taxes do reduce consumption, new EU report reveals


In the framework of the activities of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned a study on ’Food taxes and their impact on competitiveness in the agri-food sector’. The study concluded that "Non-harmonised taxes on high sugar, salt and fat products such as soft drinks, sweet and salty foodstuffs do induce a reduction in the consumption of the taxed products, but the exact impact on the competitiveness of the European (...)
08/08/2014

EPHA to advise DG Agriculture on public health related issues of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as part of new Civil Dialogue Groups system


The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission announced its decision on the composition of civil dialogue groups, dealing with matters relevant to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EPHA was awarded membership in all advisory groups applied for, making it possible to voice its long-standing commitment to advancing a public health approach to European food production systems. Meetings will take place from September 2014. The (...)
08/08/2014

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