The European Union follows a complex, rolling system of review for use of active ingredients and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) in food. For agricultural inputs, U.S. farmers must know early in the process to be able to provide input on their priorities and prevent or mitigate the loss of access to safe chemicals.
On August 17, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved seven genetically engineered (GE) crops (3 corn, 2 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorizations for two corn and one rapeseed crop used for food and animal feed.
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European Union: EU Green Deal - July 2021 Update

This quarterly report covers April through June 2021 and provides details on the status of the EU Green Deal objectives and strategies including the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), Biodiversity Strategy, the Climate Target Plan, the EU Methane Strategy, and the Circular Economy Action Plan.
On July 16, 2021, the European Commission published the EU Forest Strategy for 2030.
On July 5, 2021, the European Commission and agri-food industry stakeholders launched the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices as part of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F).
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European Union: Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution

The European Commission adopted a plan to achieve zero pollution by 2050. To achieve this objective, all sectors, including agriculture, will have to play a role.
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Austria: Parliament Adopts Partial Ban on Glyphosate

After recent unsuccessful attempts to totally ban glyphosate, the Austrian parliament voted unanimously on a partial ban.
On April 29, 2021, the European Commission published a report titled, “Study on the status of new genomic techniques under Union law and in light of the Court of Justice ruling in Case C-528/16.”
On April 21, 2021, the European Commission adopted a regulation to define which activities contribute substantially to climate change adaptation and climate change mitigation, including bioenergy.
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European Union: EU Green Deal - April 2021 Update

This quarterly report covers January through March 2021 and provides details on the status of the EU Green Deal objectives and strategies including the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), Biodiversity Strategy, the Climate Target Plan, the EU Methane Strategy, and the Circular Economy Action Plan.
As part of the Farm to Fork Strategy and the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the European Commission announced that it would review the European Union’s policy on the promotion of agricultural products both inside and outside the Union
On March 25, 2021, the European Commission published the EU Organic Action Plan for 2021-2030