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The Europact – and indeed the business community – claim to respect the autonomy of collective bargaining, but closer inspection reveals that this is only superficial. Corporate Europe Observatory has looked at the details and fears that an attack on wages is in the making at the negotiations on new rules on “economic governance”. Progress is expected at the ECOFIN Council meeting in Budapest this week.
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In view of the upcoming review of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), the Parliament’s Agriculture committee took the initatiative to come forward with a report regarding the long-standing problem of the EU’s reliance on imported protein crops for animal feed.
A luxurious venue, corporate propaganda in the corridors, co-optation of the co-organisers, lobbyists in the room, civil society hardly present and heavy-weight politicians on stage: welcome to Syngenta's 4th Forum for the Future of Agriculture.
Tell supermarkets not to mislead their consumers by committing "label fraud" - sign the petition here and help discredit the new label for ‘responsible’ soy, due to be launched by the Round Table on Responsible Soy this spring. There are separate actions for Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain.
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The financial lobby has exploited the opacity of financial markets to avoid curbs on speculation against EU member state economies. The lack of precise information on what happened with Greek, Irish, Portuguese and Spanish bonds might – ironically – have protected the speculators from tighter regulation.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is responsible for assessing and communicating food safety in the European Union, for everything from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to pesticides. However EFSA has recently been criticised because its scientific assessments of new GM crops and pesticides rely almost exclusively on corporate research data. Some EFSA experts have also been accused of being too close to the food and drink industry .
In a speech in Davos, South African President Jacob Zuma, host of the international climate talks scheduled to take place in Durban later this year, urged business to be a party at the talks and play a bigger role. His comments will have been welcomed by business leaders, particularly the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) who have long campaigned for greater involvement.
A recent draft Commission proposal to change the legislation governing genetically modified (GM) foods and feeds has revealed that the Commission is giving in to a long-standing combined demand from the biotech, food and animal feed industry to break down the so-called ‘zero-tolerance policy’ regarding contamination with non-authorised GM food and feed.
Corporate Europe Observatory
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.