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EPHA and EPHAC analysis of the EP reports on the Common Agriculture Policy


The European Parliament works on its position on the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). Based on its position on the reform of the CAP, EPHA and EPHAC (the European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium) have made an analysis of the draft reports of the European Parliament The EP draft report on the CAP towards 2020 was pubished by the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development on Febuary 15. The draft report was prepared by Albert Dess MEP (Germany, EPP). The main (...)
30/03/2011

EPHA shares information with other NGOs on the CAP


On 23 February 2011, the EPHA Secretariat participated in a meeting of civil society organisations primarily working on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EPHA joined forces with EPHAC to advocate for stronger public health and agriculture links in the CAP debate. Alongside EPHA and EPHAC representatives, the meeting was attended by European Co-ordination Via Campesina, International Federation of Organic Argiculture Movement EU Group (IFOAM EU), Birdlife, Greenpeace (...)
28/02/2011

Polish Ministry of Agriculture conference on Polish position on post-2013 CAP


16 November 2010, Brussels - In light of the upcoming release of the European Commission’s Communication on the post-2013 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the Polish Ministry of Agriculture organised a conference aimed at presenting the Polish position on the Communication. Poland, one of the biggest EU Member States and one of the main beneficiaries of CAP agricultural subsidies, is most concerned about the planned reforms and changes, which will definitely impact on Polish (...)
06/12/2010

Towards healthier, more sustainable CAP - challenges and opportunities for Poland


On the 18th of November, a seminar dedicated to a theme of agriculture and public health took place in Warsaw, Poland. The seminar, co-organised by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC), and hosted by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, brought together multi-sectoral stakeholders with a purpose to debate contribution of European - and in particular Polish - agriculture to public health outcomes. On the eve of the (...)
06/12/2010

Greens/EFA hearing: How is biodiversity feeding the world?


EPHA attended a Greens/European Free Alliance hearing on biodiversity and its relation to global food security, climate change and development held in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament Sandrine Bélier, Martin Häusling and Eva Joly - organised a workshop on biodiversity and its relation to global food security, climate change and development. Among the invited speakers were Olivier Deleuze (Director of the UN Environment Programme), Jean-Pierre Halkin (Head of (...)
06/06/2010

The future of European agriculture policy: CAP after 2013 - call for public debate


European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş, has decided to launch an open debate on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the European Union. The objective is to contribute to a first policy paper on the CAP post-2013. The initial deadline has been extended till 11 June 2010 because of many requests to do so, and the large number of contributions being posted on the website every day. See EPHA response From 2010 to 2013, the EU will decide (...)
03/05/2010

Securing a CAP for the Future - securing also health?


The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), due to be reformed in 2013, has been discussed for some time already. A wide range of political, business, but also public, expectations has been put forward so far. Still, health-related demands remain shadowed by issues related to financing, research and climate change adaptation. Where is health in all this? On 9 March 2010, the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) organised a conference on “Challenges the Common Agricultural (...)
01/04/2010

EU agriculture and climate change: how to feed 9 billion while accounting for climate change?


It is said that by the year 2050, there will be another 3 billion people living on our planet. How will we feed all these people in the face of such growth and the effects of climate change? It has been estimated that global food production will have to grow by 70%. Are we prepared to do it, and do it in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way? How can Europe help ensure that it is not developing countries, and poor and marginalised communities, that will bear the burden. How can (...)
27/02/2010

What’s next after the Copenhagen climate change conference ended in failure?


COP15 - background From 7-18 December 2009, governments from 192 countries met in Copenhagen, Denmark for the 15th session of the Conference of The Parties (COP15). They tried to thrash out a sweeping agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol (expiring in 2012) amid growing signals from scientists that global warming is occurring more quickly than expected. After two weeks of talks, world leaders delivered an agreement that left Europeans disappointed as it failed to legally commit any (...)
31/01/2010