Brussels Daily
03 Jun 2016


Brussels Daily


G20 Agriculture Ministers commit to sustainable agriculture and antibiotics resistance

The European Commission welcomes the commitment by the G20 Agriculture Ministerial meeting to support sustainable agriculture for ensuring global food security and to fight antimicrobial resistance, including the phasing out of antibiotics as growth promoters in animals. The G20 conclusions also called for greater cooperation in ICT roll-out in farming and reaffirmed the group’s commitment to the major global agreements including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Nairobi WTO deal. EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, who was representing today the EU at the meeting in Xi’an, China, said: “I welcome the G20 conclusions as a sign of our common commitment to tackle the global challenges of food security, sustainable agriculture, innovation and ICT use in farming.” In Brussels, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis also welcomed today’s outcome and declared: “It is encouraging to see progress in cooperation on fighting AMR on international level given the global nature of the challenge. European Union will continue contributing to broader collective actions, including in promoting international awareness, methodologies, and surveillance systems, where the EU can act as a global leader.”


Commission welcomes new global agreement to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

On 5 June, the Port State Measures Agreement, a key international treaty aimed at combating illegal fishing, will come into force. The Agreement, adopted and promoted by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, allows countries to keep illegal operators out of their ports and to prevent them from landing illegal catches. EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella welcomed the entry into force of the Agreement: “We now have a powerful instrument that will help fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing at European and at global level. This is a significant improvement to international ocean governance. The EU has always played a leading role in the fight against IUU fishing activities and was among the first to approve this major international agreement already in 2011 … We need to make sure that all coastal states … have the means to effectively implement the Port State Measures Agreement. The fight against illegal fishing has become global and perpetrators will soon have nowhere to hide.” Read the full statement here.


EUROSTAT:  World Environment Day – How satisfied are inhabitants of EU capital cities with the air quality and noise levels? Very or rather satisfied in most EU capital cities

“Generally speaking, please tell me if you are very satisfied, rather satisfied, rather unsatisfied or not at all satisfied with the quality of the air and the noise level in your city?” inhabitants of 83 European cities were asked in 2015. Results show significant disparities between capital cities in the European Union (EU), with levels of satisfaction regarding air quality ranging from 22% to 88% and for noise levels from 31% to 82%. Full text available on EUROSTAT website


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