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Food security and patents

The technical board of appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has decided to refer a decision on the legality of a patent on a tomato breed (riddled tomato) to the enlarged board of appeal, raising doubts about the legality of this patent. While the decision does not yet mean the patent (EP 1211...
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Antibiotics in agriculture

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution calling for an end to the prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock farming. The Greens strongly welcomed the support of the entire European Parliament for this long-standing Green call and urged the Commission to come forward with proposals to t...
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EU food aid scheme

EU agriculture ministers are tomorrow set to decide on a proposal to wind down a scheme under the CAP, which provides for food aid to the most vulnerable persons in the EU. With the proposals deadlocked in Council, the Greens have sent a letter to the Polish EU presidency proposing a solution: conti...
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Stop Climate Change Blog

This Wednesday, the EU Commission will present its legislative proposals on European energy infrastructure. The Greens have seen the proposal and fear that it contains major problems and shortcomings...
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Concern that over a 1/3 of Welsh farmers could suffer due to CAP changes

Plaid Cymru has warned that over a third of Welsh farmers could suffer if proposed changes to CAP payments go ahead.  Plaid MEP Jill Evans and the party's Rural Affairs spokesperson Llyr Huws Gruffydd have said that the Labour Welsh Farming Minister will now be tested on whether he can stand up...
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Alyn Smith comments on CAP reform

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today (Wednesday) praised the long-awaited and much leaked unveiling of the formal proposals to reform the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as a solid start to the negotiating process, and issued a briefing to Scots organisations with a call for them to get "all over t...
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CAP reform

The European Commission today presented its legislative proposals on the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. The Greens regret that the proposals have been severely watered-down to meet the demands of change-resistant member states and the agro-industry lobby. Commenting on the proposals,...
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Plenary Round-up

The Green priorities for the plenary session were the situation in Palestine, the economic governance package of legislation, the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement and Western Sahara, road safety, the debate on the State of the Union...
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Controversial dam in Brazil (Belo Monte)

The European Parliament adopted a report this week on dam construction, which included a call to halt the construction of a controversial hydro-electric project in Belo Monte, in the Amazon region Brazil. Yesterday, a court in Brazil also ruled that construction should be halted. The Greens welcomed...
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Controversial dam in Brazil (Belo Monte)

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