News from Brussels / Week 25 February - 3 March 2017
Last week the European Commission launched a public debate on the future of Europe by presenting a White Paper on the possible scenarios for the further development of the EU. The Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture published a study, in which it shows how trade agreements help boost European agricultural exports. The Council took a position on the revision of the emissions trading system and is now ready to start the negotiations with the Parliament.
'There are 80 million would-be farmers in Germany'
Interview Trade Letter February 2017
Jochen Fritz and Marcus Holtkötter, both connected to the 'Wir machen Euch satt!' (We feed you!) demonstrations talk about sustainable agricultural and food policy. Topics like organic farming and animal welfare labels are part of the interesting interview, which is part of our new Trade Letter February 2017.
News from Brussels / Week 28 January - 3 February 2017
Last week the Council and the European Parliament reached an agreement to cut wholesale roaming charges. From this summer on, calling home from our European holiday destination will be cheaper than ever! Moreover, the European Commission keeps gathering ideas on how to modernize the Common Agricultural Policy and launched a public consultation to encourage stakeholders’ participation. Meanwhile, the Heads of State and Government gathered in Malta to discuss the migration challenge.
News from Brussels / Week 14 – 20 January 2017
Last Tuesday the Members of the European Parliament elected the Italian Antonio Tajani from the European People’s Party as their new President. In the meantime, Commissioners Andriukaitis and Hogan were in Berlin, where they visited the International Green Week 2017.
News from Brussels / Week 7 – 13 January 2017
Last week the European Commissioners travelled to Malta to discuss the direction in which the EU will be heading in the next six months. Also, the Commission introduced legislative measures to update data privacy and to boost the single market of services, while the candidates for the European Parliament Presidency presented themselves in a TV debate.
News from Brussels / Week 12 - 16 December 2016
Last week the EU took one further step towards the abolition of roaming charges. The Parliament revised the rules of procedure and introduced new rules for lobbying. The Council supports the agenda on strengthening European farmers and together all three institutions made a pledge to give special priority to fast-track legislative work.