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Parliamentarians support taking biodiversity objectives into account in all EU policies and earmarking a minimum of 10% of the EU’s 2021-2027 long-term budget towards efforts to improve biodiversity.
Parliamentarians further call for ensuring that natural areas make up at least 30% of the EU territory; restoring degraded ecosystems by 2030; and promoting more sustainable agricultural and forestry practices, including binding reduction targets on pesticide use in the EU.
The EU Parliament has also called for increased ambition in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
EC implementing decision on outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in certain member states
30 January 2020
The Environment Committee questioned Frans Timmermans, Dutch candidate for the European Green Deal portfolio, who states he is in favour of better animal welfare.
Timmermans confirmed Vice-President of the Commission in charge of European Green Deal portfolio
8 October 2019
1 October 2019 is the last day for filing statements at the European Patent Office (EPO) against patents on conventionally bred plants and animals.
EU Parliament and civil society organisations oppose patents on plants and animals
1 October 2019
The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee questioned the Polish candidate for the agriculture portfolio Janusz Wojciechowski on EU farm policy reform and trade negotiations.
AGRI Commissioner-designate Wojciechowski calls for improved animal welfare standards at hearing
1 October 2019
Research for AGRI Committee - Megatrends in the agri-food sector: global overview and possible policy response from an EU perspective
EP publishes study on megatrends in the agri-food sector, including vegan and vegetarian diets
24 September 2019
This morning, the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals held its first preparatory meeting for this new legislative term.
First Intergroup preparatory meeting of the new parliamentary term: Board elections and priorities
19 September 2019
Two French MPs presented a report to the French parliamentary committee on European affairs on 17 July. The report recommended 27 measures to prevent the collapse of Europe’s fish resources.
Two French MPs want their Parliament to discuss Europe’s overfishing problem
23 July 2019
Last week, the European Parliament's committees held their constitutive meetings and elected their Chairs.
European Parliament elects British Liberal Democrat MEP as chair of the PECH committee
15 July 2019
In an interview with EURACTIV France, French MEP and vice-chair of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group, Eric Andrieu, spoke about the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), highlighting its lack of environmental provisions.
French MEP makes encouraging statement on animal welfare in the CAP
12 July 2019