Agriculture News Digest
No. 199 - 29 September 2009Agriculture on Europa


Commission to recover EUR 214.6 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

29/09/2009 Also available in:
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A total of EUR 214.6 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States is claimed back as a result of a decision adopted by the European Commission. The money returns to the Community budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.

Under this latest decision funds will be recovered from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.

Details of the individual corrections, by Member State and by sector

Details on how the clearance of annual accounts system works


"The Tasty Bunch"

EU Healthy Eating Campaign "The Tasty Bunch" – A new initiative to promote healthy lifestyle and balanced diet among kids

28/09/2009 Also available in:
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Today Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, launched a new Healthy Eating Campaign for European school children. Under the slogan "Eat it, Drink it, Move it" three roadshows will tour seven European countries, giving children a chance to take part in educational activities and games. The European Commission also launched an interactive website, competitions and other events with one key goal in mind: to change children's eating habits for the better. To help get the message across, Belgian tennis champion Justine Henin and 8 year old Guinness record holder Rosolino Cannio will be lending their support.

The Healthy Eating Campaign will run alongside the EU's School Fruit Scheme and School Milk Scheme, important initiatives for a more balanced diet and healthier eating habits amongst children.

The Healthy Eating Campaign takes the message: Eat it, Drink it, Move it right into schools. Over the course of eight weeks, the roadshow will travel through Belgium, France, the UK, Ireland, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. Each roadshow will visit two schools a day. In total the healthy eating activities will reach 18,000 kids in 180 schools. The message to deliver is: Eat well, because it's fun to be fit.

In parallel with the roadshow, an interactive treasure hunt game will be running over the 8 weeks on the EU's Tasty Bunch web site, where all EU schoolchildren aged 8 to 15 could try to win a number of sports items.

A recent Eurobarometer survey showed three quarters of respondents "totally agreeing" that "there seem to be more overweight children these days than five years ago". Indeed, around 22 million kids are overweight in the EU, of which 5 million are obese.


Commission welcomes adoption of legislation on plant protection products


The Council has adopted today a Regulation to replace the current legislation setting out the rules on the authorisation of plant protection products. This Regulation, based on a Commission proposal, will result in an increased protection of human health and of the environment in the use of plant protection products. At the same time, the new Regulation will also lead to a better protection of agricultural production and extend and deepen the single market of plant protection products.


Agricultural markets: Milk and milk products

Milk: Commission proposes further measures to help dairy sector in short, medium and long term

17/09/2009 Also available in:
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Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, today set out in detail the latest stage of the Commission's ongoing campaign to help European Union dairy farmers out of the current market crisis. The package of measures, presented today to the European Parliament, follows up the Commission's report from July and looks at both short-term measures and actions to secure the longer-term future of the dairy sector. The Commission has already started the process of allowing Member States to pay temporarily aid of up to EUR 15,000 to farmers. It also proposes that the dairy sector should be covered by an emergency clause which already exists for other farm sectors, to allow a quicker response to future market disturbances. Changes to the operation of quota buying-up schemes by Member States will make sure that bought up quota which is kept in the national reserve should no longer count as part of the national quota when it comes to deciding whether or not superlevy is due. If superlevy is then collected, the part corresponding to the bought-up quota can be used for restructuring. With a view to the longer term, the Commission will establish a working group of experts from the Member States and the Commission. This will look, among other things, at contractual relations between farmers and the dairy industry, the results of the report into the workings of the food chain in the dairy sector - which will be published before the end of the year - and the possibility of a dairy futures market.


Information measures relating to the common agricultural policy

Communicating Agricultural Policy: EUR 3.25 million for information projects


The European Commission launched a call for proposals for information measures related to the Common Agricultural Policy. The grants are mainly targeted at farmers' or rural development organisations, consumer associations, environmental protection associations, public authorities of the Member States, the media and universities, who wish to carry out communication actions related to the CAP.



Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

Blog entry: "The next steady steps for the dairy sector" (22/09/2009)

"Next steps for the dairy sector: replies to the European Parliament" (Statement on the Dairy Sector to the European Parliament plenary, Strasbourg, 17/09/2009)

Blog entry: "A tough decision" (15/09/2009)

"A changed climate for making agricultural policy" (Informal meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers Sweden, Växjö, 15/09/2009)

Blog entry: "Time to break the logjam over GMOs" (09/09/2009)

"The challenges ahead for the CAP" (Comments to the European Parliament Agriculture Committee, Brussels, 01/09/2009)



What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

"The Tasty Bunch" campaign website

"Agricultural and rural policy under Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel"


EU agricultural product quality policy: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

For information on applications for registration as well as registrations please consult DOOR - the Database of Origin and Registration