The EU needs an ambitious contingency plan for food security

The COVID19 pandemic has raised awareness of the need to prepare for a possible food supply crisis in Europe. Indeed, climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as future pandemics and possible geopolitical disruptions, make our food system more fragile. Its growing complexity, with increased dependency on transport, logistics, energy supply and the internet, also […]

A European Citizens Assembly

Today, EP President Sassoli, Prime Minister of Portugal Costa and Commission President von der Leyen signed the Joint Declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe. This paves the way to launching a series of debates and discussions that will enable people from every corner of Europe to share their ideas to help shape […]

EU business rescue fund should be reinstated – MEP Kelly

The European Council needs to reverse their decision to scrap a new fund designed to rescue European businesses from bankruptcy, MEP for Ireland South and Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Sean Kelly, has insisted. The fund in question is the proposed €26 billion Solvency Support Instrument (SSI), which had been designed to […]

IFOAM EU welcomes landmark decision to put organic at the heart of future European food system

IFOAM EU welcomes the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork (F2F) strategies and the target to reach 25% organic land in Europe by 2030, as well as measures to boost the demand for organic products through promotion schemes and green public procurements. Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU President, stated: “Proposing an EU target for organic land […]

Sean Kelly MEP calls for EU loan scheme for farmers

MEP for Ireland South and Leader of Fine Gael, in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly, has called on the European Commission to come forward with a financial instrument aimed at facilitating easier access to finance for farmers to support their activities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact upon incomes.   Speaking from Killarney ahead […]

Climate Emergency Declared at European Level – Grace O’Sullivan MEP

Green Party MEP Grace O’Sullivan has today welcomed news that a resolution declaring a Europe-wide climate emergency has been passed in the European Parliament. “This sends an important message internationally. Declaring a climate emergency throughout Europe ahead of the UN Climate Conference COP25, signals that the ecological catastrophe we are in the midst of must […]

Eurobarometer: Youth activism making a difference

Over the course of the past year, youth-led protests have mobilised millions of people in the EU and globally, raising awareness of climate change a subject Europeans now believe must be the top priority for the newly elected European Parlaiament. This new Eurobarometer survey shows that close to six out of ten European citizens are […]

MEPs block member states’ move to weaken bee protection from pesticides

MEPs want the impact of pesticides on bees to be properly tested Commission proposal watered down by member states Parliament wants new law to better protect bees MEPs sent the Commission back to the drawing board after member states watered down draft measures to protect bees. The European Commission’s draft proposal was intended to incorporate […]

“Preparation for new EU Funding Programme must start now” – MEP Kelly

MEP for Ireland South and leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Sean Kelly, has urged Irish would-be applicants for EU funds under the new Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 to begin preparations now to have the best chance of being successful when the call for applications opens. Speaking from Kerry today (Monday), Mr. Kelly, […]

Vulture Funds And State Aid In Ireland – A Prima Facie Case?

Ed Honohan, Master of the high court, visited me today in the European Parliament to talk about vulture funds and building a case with DG competition on how these funds have an unfair competitive advantage on others. pic.twitter.com/FkehgeUk3S — Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (@lukeming) March 19, 2019 Yesterday morning in the European Parliament, by invitation of […]

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