Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, met today with the President of the COMAGRI, Czesław Siekierski and the coordinators of the political groups Albert Dess and Michel Dantin (EPP), Paolo De Castro (S&D), James Nicholson (ECR), Jens Rohde (ALDE), Martin Haeusling (Greens-EFA), Maria Lidia Senra Rogriguez (EUL-NGL) and John Stuart Agnew (EFDD).
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloş and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Wilhelm Molterer signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the European Commission and the EIB for co-operation in agriculture and rural development in 2014-2020.
EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloș had a meeting with the United States' Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today in Brussels. The meeting was an occasion to discuss respective agricultural policies and the challenges ahead.
EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloș had a meeting with the Chinese Minister of Agriculture, Han Changfu in Bucharest today. The meeting was an occasion to continue constructive dialogue on agriculture, in the framework of the EU-China Cooperation Plan in Agriculture and Rural Development signed in 2012.
Commissioner Dacian Cioloș held a meeting with Ukraine’s Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Ihor Shvaika to discuss ways to further develop bilateral cooperation and trade.
A new European Milk Market Observatory is being launched by Commissioner Dacian Cioloş.
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.