The European Commission welcomes the fact that a tentative trilogue agreement has been reached between the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament on EU Promotion policy last night, subject to the formal approval by the different institutions. Tonight’s compromise comes less than 5 months after the Commission tabled the legislative proposals last November. The changes would see an increase in EU funding from roughly € 60 million at present to €200m in 2020 – with a view to investing more funding in particular to promotion programmes on third country markets.
The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. Consumer and producer concerns are at the heart of this new proposal, which seeks to address shortcomings of the current system. The EU organic market has quadrupled in size over the last 10 years and rules need to be updated and adjusted so that the sector can further develop and respond to future challenges.
Over three-quarters (77 %) of Europeans believe the common agricultural policy (CAP) benefits all EU citizens and over 90 % support the main trends of the new CAP, such as making aid fairer and more targeted (92 %) and linking the granting of aid to farmers to adhering to environmentally-friendly farming practices ('greening', 91 %). These are the main conclusions of the Eurobarometer survey on the CAP published by the Commission.
In the meeting with Prime Minister Tusk in Warsaw, Commissioner Dacian Cioloş informed that the Commission is ready to compensate losses of the Polish pigmeat producers from areas affected by the African Swine Fever restrictions. The crisis has had a very negative impact on farm revenues and brought the sector to a halt.
"Eat well – feel good": Commission proposes to combine and reinforce existing school milk and school fruit schemes
The European Commission today published a proposal bringing together two currently separate school schemes, the School Fruit Scheme and the School Milk Scheme, under a joint framework. In a context of declining consumption among children for these products, the aim is to address poor nutrition more effectively, to reinforce the educational elements of the programmes and to contribute to fight against obesity. With the slogan "Eat well - feel good", this enhanced scheme from farm to school will put greater focus on educational measures to improve children's awareness of healthy eating habits, the range of farm produce available, as well as sustainability, environmental and food waste issues.
Commissioner Cioloș ready to propose definitive end for use of export refunds for destinations in Africa, even in crisis
In his opening speech at the Green Week in Berlin, Commissioner for Agriculture and Development Dacian Cioloș expressed his readiness to stop the use of export refunds for exports to developing countries in Africa with which the European Union has an Economic Partnership Agreement, stressing this is an important step in terms of coherence between EU Agriculture and Development policies.
Commissioner Dacian Cioloș welcomes the launching of the UN's International Year of Family Farming 2014
"Family farms are the foundations on which Europe's Common agricultural policy was built. They continue to stay at the heart of European agriculture as robust generators of competitiveness, growth and jobs, of dynamic and sustainable rural economies. Over 95% of the farm holdings in the EU are family farms. ...
The European Commission today presented a draft reform of the information and promotion policy for European agricultural and food products. This new promotion policy, which benefits from a more substantial budget and will in the future be supported by a European executive agency, is intended to act as key for opening up new markets.
Commissioner Dacian Cioloş welcomes European Parliament vote of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
“I welcome today's vote by the European Parliament on the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy. This is an important day for European farmers, but also for all EU citizens concerned about the quality of their food and the sustainability of agricultural production methods. The reformed CAP will be better balanced between farmers, regions and Member States, with a special focus on young farmers.
Commissioner Dacian Cioloş visited Japan (Nov 10-12) and South Korea (Nov 12-14), participating in a range of events to publicise and promote EU quality agriculture products.