Monday 19. March 2018

The future of food and farming?

European Commission
PIE01 - 20021204 - PIENINY, POLAND: Undated recent picture of the hay harvest in the Pieniny Mountains in southern Poland.EPA PHOTO / STANISLAW CIOK

On 29 November 2017, the European Commission brought to the table the “Food and Farming” communication, an initial document on the future of farming in Europe. It is now a matter of discussing the content in detail.

Antimicrobial Resistance - a threat to mankind !


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the resistance against what is commonly known as “antibiotics” is a increasingly worldwide problem, causing approx. 25,000 deaths annually in the EU and about 700,000 deaths globally. COMECE is involved in efforts to address this problem.

November EU-Africa Summit: A Zambian Perspective

EU Commission

Ahead of November’s EU-Africa Summit, a Zambian Jesuit economist surveys problems with existing EU-Africa trade relations.

The UN Ocean Conference: an important step for humanity in motion

United Nations

The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans took place in June. It represents a major turning point in mobilising the international community to act to protect marine life, especially in the high seas.

New challenges for the EU Common Agricultural Policy

European Commission
farmer on his tractor plowing the field, rural wyoming

Despite the reforms made in the past few years which many EU citizens still consider are too expensive, the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) remains far too bureaucratic, especially for farmers. The European Commission is organising a consultation with the aim of simplifying the CAP.

Rural depopulation - The harvest is rich but the labourers are few

European Union

Responding to ever-louder calls for a radical overhaul of the Common Agricultural Policy (‘CAP’), MEPs have recently voted in favour of measures to help small farmers. In this article, environmental lawyer Henry Longbottom SJ (JESC) considers a range of voices in a debate about public funding of rural activities.

Pilgrimage to Paris – it’s on!


From Flensburg to Paris: climate activitsts and pilgrimage enthusiasts are joining together on a walk to the French capital for the UN Climate Summit.

“Sacred cows” in Castel Gandolfo?

Holy See

It is a well-known fact that Castel Gandolfo is the Pope’s summer residence, but few people are aware that it is also a place where cows graze and cheese is made. This is a report from a voyage of discovery.

Towards COP21: impacts of climate change


Europeinfos is starting a series of articles to better understand the issues in relation to COP21 and the current and future challenges that climate change presents for Europe.

Genetically modified foods in the TTIP agreement

European Commission

There are increasing discussions on genetic engineering as the TTIP negotiations continue.

The new ‘Copernicus’ Earth observation programme

European Commission

Since the beginning of April, Sentinel-1A, the first of a series of Copernicus satellites, has been orbiting in space and making long-range environmental monitoring possible. It is part of ‘Copernicus’, the new European Flagship Programme.


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