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Citizens' Initiative: Commission receives organisers of 'End the Cage Age' Initiative

Today, Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, and Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, are meeting the organisers of the European Citizens' Initiative ‘End the Cage Age', after they collected and submitted to the Commission close to 1.4 million signatures.   This is the 6th successful European Citizens'…

State aid: Commission approves €378 million Slovenian scheme to support farmers and other self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved a €378 million Slovenian scheme to support the self-employed affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework.   The aid, which will take the form of direct grants, will be open to beneficiaries active in all sectors. The aim of the scheme is to preserve…

Commission report: Europe's nature under threat as world suffers worst year on record for forest fires

Today, the Joint Research Centre of the Commission presented the 20th edition of its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, covering 2019. In what was the worst-ever year for forest fires around the world in recent history, over 400,000 hectares (ha) of Europe's natural land was burnt and a record high number of…

Commission sets Forest Reference Levels in a delegated act

The Commission has today adopted the forest reference levels (FRLs) for each Member State to apply between 2021 and 2025. FRLs are benchmarks to calculate the sum of greenhouse gas removals and emissions from existing forests in each Member State. CO2 removal from existing forestland is the backbone of the EU land use sink.   Forest…

JRC Mars Bulletin - Rainfall brings mixed blessings to Europe’s drought hit regions

According to the October issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe – which was published yesterday, warm and dry summer weather followed by a period of abundant, but sometimes excessive rainfall since the end of September, hampered field work in large parts of Europe. These wet conditions at the end of September and October caused…