Bayer-Monsanto merger: the story of the rise of the “endless company”

Monsanto

When about two weeks ago the world learnt that the German multinational company Bayer, leader in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, had made an offer to acquire Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, no one could believe it at first. It sounded so crazy and complex it might have as well needed some time for people […]

Breaking news: Juncker’s Commission mutant trojan horse is on the loose in Strasbourg

Mr Schulz is thinking here that perhaps his and his colleagues are practically voting for the opposite of what they are said they are voting for. But now it is too late...
Martin schulz is the European Parliament President, here at the Plenary session week 3 2015 in Strasbourg (EP Audiovisual Services, 13/01/2015)

Yesterday in Strasbourg the Parliament, allegedly, took a decisive stance against GMOs in Europe after so many years of letting the matter linger. Almost all European media came out to congratulate the vote that gives the right to the local governments of the member states to “opt-out” and be able to ban “locally” GMO production […]

Europe votes against GMOs but the Council votes for TTIP

ENVI committee meeting - Vote on Possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory (EP Audiovisual Services, 11/11/2014)

Yesterday afternoon good news came out of the European Parliament; good news for the anti-GM (Genetically Modified Organisms) movement and hopefully for the EU too. The Environment Committee of the European Parliament (ENVI) voted in favour of the right of the member-states to ban GMOs from their territories with 53 votes to 11 and 2 […]

The Commission favours the cultivation of more GMOs in Europe

Press conference by Tonio Borg, Member of the European Commission in charge of Health, on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). He probably shows us, with both his hands, the future path for GMOs cultivation. (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/11/2013

The delay in the process of negotiations for the conclusion of the EU-US trade agreement seems to have opened the opportunity to clarify some thorny matters between the two largest trading partners of the world. One of them is surely the cultivation on EU soil of Monsanto’s genetically modified ‘Pioneer 1507’ maize seed. Apart from […]

EU signs with Canada historic trade agreement, others to follow

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, received yesterday Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister. They together reached a political agreement on the key elements of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) after months of intense negotiations. (EC Audiovisual Services, 18/10/2013).

The announcement of the conclusion of the EU-Canada free trade agreement yesterday not only opens a new chapter in the history of EU-Canada relations, but the solutions agreed in sensitive chapters, like agriculture and animal products and public procurement will serve as a base for the under negotiation similar pact with the US. The Prime […]

Auditors say EU spending delivers limited value for money but the timing of their report poses questions

EU rural development spending for diversifying the rural economy is intended to address identified problems in rural areas such as depopulation, scarcity of economic opportunities and unemployment. It provides funding to people and rural businesses for projects to help support growth, employment and sustainable development (see picture). (ECA Photographic Library).

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) in a report that was published yesterday reveals that the EU spends billions to help the rural economy restructure but with poor results, delivering “only limited value for money”. EU spending on agriculture be it production and producer subsidies or supporting structural investment plans has being traditionally criticised not […]

Commission: Do it like the Americans in the food sector

Press conference by Tonio Borg, Member of the European Commission on the legislative package on animal and plant health, reassuring us for everything (EC Audiovisual Services, 06/05/2013).

Only some weeks after the European Union consumers learned that they were eating low quality and contaminated with phenylbutazone horse meat, having paid for it as if it was prime quality beef, the Commission chooses to release its proposal for a new Directive, providing for less controls and higher fines and charges. The new legislation […]

EU Commission: Once in every 20 beef meals you eat…horse probably with drugs in it

Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy and Paola Testori Coggi Director General, in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission, in a happy exchange at the Health Policy Forum. (EC Audiovisual Services, 09/04/2013).

This week the European Commission, and in order to be fair and precise, the European Commissioner Tonio Borg, tried once more to convince 500.7 million European consumers that the horsemeat and the Phenylbutazone scandal didn’t reveal any loopholes, in the EU food quality control systems. In a European Commission Press release issued at the beginning […]

The EU Commission does nothing about the food retailing oligopoly

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission on the right and Staffan Nilsson - EESC President, meet at the Plenary EESC session of 13-14 February 2013. (EESC photographic gallery).

The theoretically most competitive of all EU markets, namely the large food retailing business, is accused by its suppliers, regrouped in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) of operating a real oligopoly. Despite this very important development, which poses an issue with ground-breaking repercussions on the way our ‘free competition’ economies operate, the European […]

The Commission breathless behind the horsemeat scandal

Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy on the left, receives Peter Vicary-Smith, President of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC). (EC Audiovisual Services).

The horsemeat scandal is still running free all over the European Union. Yesterday, a pompously named EU Commission group entitled, “Standing Committee of the Food Chain and Animal Health” (SCoFCAH), unanimously agreed in an extraordinary meeting, that the measures proposed by Commissioner Tonio Borg are adequate to counter the health and the fraud problem related to […]