European Citizensā€™ Initiative on Buffer Stocks?

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The structure of the European Union is such that the European Commission has the ā€˜right of initiativeā€™ in most policy areas, meaning that while it is for the other two most important institutions (the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament) to pass laws, it is for the Commission to propose them. This gives it…   Read more

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The Fight Against Food Shortages and Surpluses

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This blog has been quiet for three years while a great deal of research has been done. But we are now happy to report that John McClintock, Director of ACTION for Food Reserves, has published his book The Fight against Food Shortages and Surpluses: Perspectives of a Practitioner (Wallingford: CAB International, 2020). You can go…   Read more

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Food reserves in the Caribbean

We have been studying how to set up a food reserve in the Eastern Caribbean. John spent two weeks in May, at the invitation of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), at its headquarters in St. Lucia. The OECS brings together 10 small island states from the British Virgin Islands in the north to…   Read more

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ACTION has been making progress on two fronts

We have been hard at work trying to get a resolution through EuroLat, the parliamentary assembly that contains both representatives of the European Parliament and of the various regional parliaments in Latin America (such as PARLACEN, PARLANDINOā€¦..). The resolution will be voted on later this year, but we already have a statement of support from…   Read more

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The love that dares not speak its name

January 26th 2017 in Brussels ACTION was delighted to have Dr Ricardo Lagos Andino, Representative in Europe of the Central American Parliament, to address our global lunch on January 26th in the lā€™Atelier restaurant in Brussels. Part of the pleasure of this meeting was the chance to hear from Ricardo Lagos about the great strides…   Read more

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Global lunch, Nov 2016

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ACTION recently organised one of its ‘global lunches’ in Kitty O’Shea’s, a lively establishment next to the main EU institutions, named after the famous lady whose affair with the Irish nationalist politician Charles Stewart Parnell scandalised Victorian Britain. About a dozen people attended and the discussion was equally lively – perhaps ACTION manages to create…   Read more

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ACTION and BREXIT, Sept 2016

Many articles have been written about Britainā€™s referendum vote on June 23rd. A further comment from ACTION must be careful of repeating what has been said already. The result of the vote was 52% in favour of leaving the European Union, with 48% in favour of remaining a member. This is not the place to…   Read more

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ACTION in Lisbon, May 2016

ACTION was very pleased to be invited to participate in a discussion on food reserves in the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, in Lisbon. The occasion was the meeting of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat). This brings together parliamentarians from the European Union and Latin America. It provides a regular opportunity to discuss…   Read more

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ACTION at the College of Europe

ACTION was delighted to be invited by Luca Bellomo, a student with a background in Veterinary Medicine but currently focusing on agricultural economics, to speak to the College of Europe where he is studying. The origin of this prestigious institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs dates back to the Hague Congress of…   Read more

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ACTION in America

Over the last twelve months ACTION has intensified its campaign within the EU institutions in order to win support for the development of regional food reserves. This has been done through attempts to receive funding for a pilot project, and there will be a third attempt to achieve this in 2016. We believe that campaigning…   Read more

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