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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
>24 July The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
>17-18 July The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
>31 July – 11 August COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
28 – 31 August The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.