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

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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Slow Food Europe: the EU Urgently Needs Rigorous Bee Safety Standards

Ahead of the meeting of the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF), Slow Food Europe urges its members to support the implementation of toxicity assessment standards and to take responsibility to effectively protect bees from harmful pesticides. Member States in the PAFF Committee have been procrastinating on a formal EU-wide adoption of bee safety standards, developed in the so-called Bee Guidance Document several years ago. On July 16-17, they are expected to vote on the implementation of the document which would help to halt the usage of bee-killing pesticides. 

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The New AGRI Committee Urged to Change the Direction of the CAP Reform

As the new European Parliament is reaching the final stages of its formation, Slow Food Europe along with other 26 civil society organizations takes this opportunity to approach the newly formed Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI). In an open letter, organizations call on 48 Members of the Committee to work towards a fundamentally green and fair reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Civil society groups are expected to meet with the AGRI Committee on Wednesday to address their concerns in person. 

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Mercosur Agreement: the EU Turned a Blind Eye to the Concerning Situation in Brazil

By signing a trade agreement with the South American trade bloc Mercosur (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay), the European Union has missed a chance to stand firm on European principles. Slow Food Europe regrets that the main concerns, earlier expressed by more than 300 organizations over the deteriorating human rights and environmental situation in Brazil have been ignored.

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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.