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The EU after the Summer Break: Key Dates and Scenarios

The EU after the Summer Break: Key Dates and Scenarios

It has been a few months since the European elections took place in May; however, the formation of the new leadership of EU institutions is far from being done. In September, when newly elected Members of Parliament (MEPs) and recently approved Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will return to Brussels, they will have an immense task to form and approve the new Commission. Meanwhile, the new Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) is expected to determine the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform.

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Loud Voices for Good Food Good Farming in Europe Again

The European Days of Action for Good Food Good Farming are just around the corner. In October, Slow Food Europe will join forces with other civil society groups across Europe to demand of decision-makers that they implement food and farming systems which support small farmers and rural livelihoods, and protect our soil, water, ecosystems, and biodiversity. The first joint Good Food Good Farming action took place last October and saw the emergence of more than 60 events across 19 European countries. 

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Is the EU Opening the Door to More Hidden GMOs?

It has been one year since July 25, 2018, when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that organisms obtained from New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs), such as CRISPR, must fall under the already existing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) directive and must thus be subject to thorough risk assessment procedures and labelling. Industry representatives and several Member States of the European Union are currently putting EU decision-makers under pressure to exclude NPBTs from the existing EU regulation. Slow Food Europe is certain this would undermine the precautionary principle and sign the end of consumer choice to eat GM-free food.

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Slow Food Europe: von der Leyen’s Climate Commitments Cannot Bypass the CAP Reform and Biodiversity Loss

Slow Food Europe regrets that the priorities of the new Commission President, whose nomination was approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday evening, are not strict and explicit enough to respond to the climate crisis. Ursula von der Leyen, who is going to lead the Commission from this November, did not suggest any changes in Europe’s agricultural policy, which is one of the key drivers for climate change and biodiversity loss. The European Parliament voted in favor for the nomination of von der Leyen by 383 votes to 327 against. She unexpectedly emerged as a candidate for the Commission President after 48 hours of negotiation between leaders of the European Union. 

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Our Idea of Europe

Since it was founded more than 20 years ago, Slow Food has defended small-scale traditional food producers and raised awareness among consumers at the grassroots level. Its aim is to create a more responsible food system, based on the pleasure and sharing of good, clean and fair food.
Now the time has come for us to liaise with the European institutions to promote our common vision and find common solutions.
We have to work together to design better policies to address the paradigms of food production and related problems such as climate change, the risk of biodiversity loss and our impact on developing countries.
Future policies are bound to affect all of us. Which is why we invite all European citizens to join the debate and also … join Slow Food.