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This story about GM crops was published by EurActiv on 28th September 2010. The European Commission’s plans to hand over to member states the power to ban or authorise genetically modified (GM) crops were strongly criticised by key EU governments at an Agriculture Council yesterday (27 September). All the EU’s heavyweights opposed proposals put forward… » read more

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This story about EU budgetary negotiations was published by EurActiv on 27th September 2010. Divisions are likely to emerge this week when European Union governments discuss sharpening the rules on budget discipline and its executive makes proposals for tougher sanctions on fiscal sinners. The negotiations, launched after Greece’s profligacy brought the euro zone to the… » read more

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This story about a French farmer school was published by EurActiv on 23rd September 2010. A regional body in northern France has developed a scheme for those interested in creating a farming business. But despite its popularity, its creators face persistent proble A classroom at Rethel Agricultural College in the French Ardennes for the first… » read more

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This story about farm waste was published by EurActiv on 23rd September 2010. Collecting agricultural residues could prove a lucrative business for Europe’s farming sector if EU policy were to offer the right incentives for using biomass to produce biofuels. Harvesting agricultural residues that are normally left to rot in fields and turning them into… » read more

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This story about agriculture market subsidies was published by EurActiv on 22nd September 2010. As farmers receive an ever smaller share of their income from sales of food products, making them dependent on subsidies, EU politicians suggest strengthening their bargaining power in the food supply chain and increasing their income from the market. Although prices… » read more

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This story about CAP reform priorities was published by EurActiv on 21st September 2010. While the future budget of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is still unclear, growing rhetoric around the concepts of “public goods” and “green growth” suggest that at least some of the money could be shifted to protecting the environment and boosting… » read more

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This story about CAP reform was published by EurActiv on 20th September 2010. Looking in the future, large recipient countries like France will have no choice but to accept a partial re-nationalisation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) or otherwise risk paying hefty hand-outs to Eastern EU farmers, says Jack Thurston, co-founder of an NGO… » read more

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European Parliament Vice-President Diana Wallis yesterday (15 September) welcomed an announcement by the Council that it will “review” plans to draw up a common lobby register for all three European institutions. “If this materialises, it will represent a welcome evolution in the Council’s position,” said Wallis (click here to read more). Talks on establishing a… » read more

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