After two days of negotiations, last night, before midnight, the AGRI Council of Ministers reached an agreement on a "general approach” on the reform of the Common agricultural policy.
EU leaders have reiterated their confidence in a modernised Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and recognized the important contribution of farming and rural areas to the EU economy.
If confirmed by the European Parliament, this agreement paves the way to the final phase of the CAP reform negotiations.
Statement of Commissioner Dacian Cioloş after the vote on the future reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in the European Parliament Agriculture & Rural Development Committee
The European Commission is launching today an online consultation aimed at all citizens interested in organic production in Europe. The consultation will feed the reflexion on a new framework regulation, as called for by the Commission in its report of May 2012 on the implementation of the current regulation.
Communication projects from Ireland, Poland, Romania and Hungary emerged as the main winners from the CAP@50 Communication Awards ceremony in Brussels this week, although all 12 of the nominated projects were given particular praise by the independent panel of judges which drafted the short-list for nominations.
The High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, established in 2010, has presented its report.
It shows that around 80 % of the initiatives contained in the Forum's Roadmap have been satisfactorily implemented.
By Dacian Cioloș and José Graziano da Silva
The 32nd World Food Day being celebrated on October 16 this year brings mixed news regarding the fight against hunger.
Latest figures show that we have made progress in reducing hunger in the past two decades. Around one billion in the world went hungry in 1990: today 868 million are still undernourished and, with an extra push we can achieve the first Millennium Development Goal of halving the prevalence of hunger on the planet by 2015.
"At a time when many Member States’ national budgets are being squeezed, I consider it vital to inform citizens how the aid from the Union's Common Agricultural Policy is being spent", stated Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, on the day the Commission adopted a proposal designed to apply new rules with regard to the publication of information on the beneficiaries of European agricultural funds.
During the public debate before the launching of the reform of the Common agricultural policy, the voices heard the most loudly were those who wanted to change the CAP. During the negotiations, on the other hand, those in favour of leaving things as they are as far as possible are the ones making their presence felt the most", stated Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, opening the conference "The CAP towards 2020 taking stock with civil society".
Uniunea Europeană și Republica Moldova au încheiat un acord privind protecția Indicațiilor Geografice
Uniunea Europeană și Republica Moldova au semnat astăzi, la Bruxelles, un acord pentru protejarea reciprocă a Indicațiilor Geografice (IG). Republica Moldova va asigura astfel un grad înalt de protecţie a celor peste 3.200 de produse alimentare, vinuri și băuturi spirtoase înregistrate în sistemul de Indicații Geografice al Uniunii Europene. De asemenea, acordul are ca obiectiv promovarea de ambele părți a comerțului cu produse agricole și alimentare de calitate.