Action Plan for revision of EU's agricultural legislative frameworks - Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies launched by EU Commission

Date: 25 May 2020

As part of EU's Green Deal Strategy (EU Green Deal Strategy 1, EU Green Deal Strategy 2), on 20th May, EU Commission launched the new Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. Work and discussions on the new strategies were postponed several times in the recent past but lessons learned from the COVID-19-pandemic “underlined the importance of a robust and resilient food system that functions in all circumstances” and made “aware of the interrelations between our health, ecosystems, supply chains, consumption patterns and planetary boundaries” being, together with the “increasing recurrence of droughts, floods, forest fires and new pests a constant reminder that our food system is under threat and must become more sustainable and resilient”. Both strategies are “mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future”.

New regulation improves mutual recognition for fertiliser and biostimulant products

Date: 29 April 2020

Two years ago we reported on the revision of the EU law on the mutual recognition procedure and the free movement of goods lawfully marketed in one EU Member State (see SCC News of 28 May 2018). The new Regulation 2019/515 of 19 March 2019 on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State and repealing Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 now applies since 19.04.2020. In case of fertiliser and biostimulant registrations, first feedback from national authorities already indicate, that the new rules are implemented on national level, at least in certain Member States.