Latest from EU Member States

Updates from EU Member States, including reports from ARC Web Correspondents

4pour1000 Launch Biological Soil Indicators Consultation

The aim of the 4pour1000 initiative (4per1000 in English) is to increase carbon in the soil by 0.04%. This could help halt the annual increase in Co2 in the atmosphere. The initiative is seeking expert comments on biological soil indicators by 15th March. Mario Cattizone has more [...]

20 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yiorgos Psychas on Crisis, Land Access & Deep Change

Yiorgos Psychas is member of a grassroots network in Greece called Iliosporoi (sunflower seed) working towards social, political and ecological transition in rural and urban areas of Greece. ARC2020's Hannes Lorenzen spoke with Yiorgos. [...]

12 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

#WHES17 | 18,000+ Fed Up with Agro Industry

18,000 people took to the streets of Berlin on 21 January 2017. Together they demonstrated for healthy food, a more rural and ecological farming and fair trade. Farmers from all across Germany joined the demonstration. [...]

23 January, 2017 // 0 Comments

#AfterCAP | What Does The Public Pay For?

Tom Lancaster, Senior Agriculture Policy Officer at the UK's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) assesses the uncertain terrain of the UK, farm subsidies and public goods post Brexit. In doing so, some interesting considerations emerge for the EU too. [...]

11 December, 2016 // 0 Comments

Breaking: CETA Court may be subject to EU Court Test

In what is a fast moving a still fluid situation, it appears the Walloon administration in Belgium may have made CETA signing conditional on a significant change - the international court element to the treaty may now, it appears, be subject to European Court scrutiny. [...]

27 October, 2016 // 0 Comments

CETA Teeters on the Edge as Wallonia Under Pressure

In what has been a dramatic few days of high level diplomatic wrangling, walk outs and crisis meetings, the Belgian region of Wallonia appears today (Monday) to be holding firm to its position that it will block ratification of CETA. Will Wallonia cave to the enormous pressure its under? And what's next for the EU and CETA? Article includes text of Wallonia CETA parliamentary resolution. [...]

24 October, 2016 // 0 Comments

Ecological Focus Areas 2016: Low Impact in Lower Saxony

New data from Lower Saxony on the registration of ecological focus area (EFA) for 2016 are published. The data shows almost no changes: The EFA is still an expensive measure for taxpayers with little positive impact on biodiversity. Sebastian Lanker gives ARC2020 this exclusive on the topic. [...]

19 October, 2016 // 0 Comments

Irish Upper House Rejects CETA – what does this mean?

Barry Finnegan of ATTAC Ireland explains how Ireland's upper house voted - by a single ballot - against CETA last week. He also points to the wider implications of this (albeit) non-binding vote - the first of its kind in an EU member state parliament. [...]

12 October, 2016 // 1 Comment

Prime Minister May Floats Hard Brexit Plan For UK

UK prime minister Theresa May addressed he political party, the ruling Conservative party, at their conference at the start of the month. She tried to reassure the warring factions of that party that her plans for Brexit were on track. It's clear she favours a hard - that's complete - break from the EU, and not a soft - that's partial - separation. [...]

11 October, 2016 // 0 Comments

Landmark Victory for French Pesticide Victims

Pesticide victims Laurent Guillou and Stéphane Rouxel have won their cases against former employer Nutréa-Triskalia. The former employees at the Plouisy site of the giant [...]

2 October, 2016 // 0 Comments

Urgenci’s CSA Declaration for Europe in Full

Community Supported Agriculture network Urgenci held their 3rd European CSA meeting last weekend in Ostrava, Czech Republic. See here for the Declaration, as adopted, in full. [...]

22 September, 2016 // 0 Comments

France | Pesticide ‘Probation’ Sees Tensions Rise

A fascinating power play is emerging in France around pesticides. Some noteworthy and challenging pesticide reduction policies policies, such as Ecophyto 2, have emerged. Meanwhile, major politicians are clashing and occasionally out flanking each other. Peter Crosskey unpacks the story for us, in an exclusive article. [...]

12 September, 2016 // 0 Comments

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