Member state representatives have discussed proposals not to renew approval of three active substances, including one currently subject to a legal challenge at the European Court of Justice.
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Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee have called for EU alignment with a global target to protect 30% of land and sea area by 2030, but environment commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius remains ambivalent.
The European Commission has published draft guidelines setting out the conditions where agricultural producers can be exempted on environmental grounds from strict EU single-market rules prohibiting agreements on issues such as production levels and pricing.
Building a sustainable food system in Europe “should continue to guide the EU’s political, policy, and programme action”, the European Commission has said in a new assessment of the continent’s food security.
Meeting in Brussels, several large member states backed the European Commission’s proposal to restore 20% of EU land and sea area by 2030, but many warned about a lack of finance and expertise.
Sweden has made furthering Europe’s ecological and energy transition one of four main pillars of its six-month EU Council presidency, which begins on 1 January when it takes the reins from Czechia.