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Alan Osborn

Articles by Alan Osborn

The ban on restrictive Spanish planning laws has cheered Eu retailersTalking shop: Ban on Spanish planning curbs cheers retailers across EU 8 April 2011

Big European food retailers have expressed their delight at a new ruling by the European Court of Justice that slapped down regulations imposed by the Spanish government to restrict the location and operations of hypermarkets in Catalonia.


EU: EFSA official's move to Syngenta poses “considerable problem” 23 November 2009

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has insisted it acted properly in the case of Dr Suzy Renkens, a former senior official engaged in GMO affairs who took up a job with the Swiss GM company Syngenta months after leaving the EU agency.


EU: Commission extends PDO and PGI protection 21 April 2009

The European Commission has added three new items to its lists of quality food products with protected designation of origin (PDO) and protected geographical indication (PGI) rights.


EU: CAP reforms to save industry “hundreds of millions” 19 March 2009

Reforms to food import and export licensing requirements and other initiatives to reduce red tape will cut administrative costs in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy by 25% by 2012, Brussels has announced.


EU: Food groups concerned over pollution rules 11 March 2009

Food manufacturers have expressed concern that proposals to reform European pollution controls will rob the system of flexibility.


EU: Commission introduces egg sales restrictions 6 January 2009

An EU regulation banning the direct sale of untreated eggs from farms where salmonella has been detected has come into force from 1 January – a year earlier than originally planned.


EU: Europe retains US poultry ban 19 December 2008

The EU’s ban on imports of poultry and poultry products from the US is to stay, at least for the time being, EU agriculture ministers have decided.


EU: Commission eyes competitive improvements 10 December 2008

The European Commission has agreed a communication to improve the functioning of the food supply chain in a bid to lower prices for consumers.


EU: French CAP plan scuppered 1 December 2008

France’s attempts to get the EU Council of Ministers to sign up in principle to a farmer-friendly and potentially protectionist Common Agricultural Policy in the long-term have been blocked by the UK, Sweden and Latvia.


EU: Commission moves to lift “ugly vegetable” ban 7 November 2008

The European Commission has told just-food that it is confident the 27 EU member states will vote next Wednesday (12 November) to repeal the marketing standards for 26 different types of fruit and vegetables, thus ending the EU’s much-derided ban on curved cucumbers and other odd-shaped vegetables.


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