65 blog posts
  • EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: A Big Win For Our Agri-food Sector
    General view of the meeting room at the foreign ministry's Iikura guesthouse.
    Published by Phil Hogan6 July 2017

    EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: A Big Win For Our Agri-food Sector

    Today, the EU and Japan agreed the details of a free trade agreement, which I am pleased to say represents the most significant and far reaching deal ever concluded by the EU in agri-food trade. This deal will provide huge growth opportunities for our agri-food exporters in a very large, mature and sophisticated market.
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  • Fresh Start for EU Organic Sector
    EU Organic Logo
    Published by Phil Hogan30 June 2017

    Fresh Start for EU Organic Sector

    This week's overdue deal on organics will give a major boost to one of Europe's most dynamic agri-food sectors.
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  • Debunking Myths about the CAP & the Developing World
    Published by Phil Hogan2 June 2017

    Debunking Myths about the CAP & the Developing World

    Debunking the myth that the CAP discriminates against farmers in the developing world.
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  • My diplomatic offensive to Canada - harnessing the benefits CETA for our European producers
    Published by Phil Hogan5 May 2017

    My diplomatic offensive to Canada - harnessing the benefits CETA for our European producers

    I would challenge every populist, doom-filled, anti-trade politician in Europe to visit a supermarket the next time they take a trip outside of Europe. What they would see is European quality produce, featuring prominently on the shop shelves of the global consumer – our trade deals in action. What they would also detect is a growing demand for this European quality.
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  • My diplomatic offensive to Canada - harnessing the benefits CETA for our European producers
    Published by Phil Hogan5 May 2017

    My diplomatic offensive to Canada - harnessing the benefits CETA for our European producers

    I would challenge every populist, doom-filled, anti-trade politician in Europe to visit a supermarket the next time they take a trip outside of Europe. What they would see is European quality produce, featuring prominently on the shop shelves of the global consumer – our trade deals in action. What they would also detect is a growing demand for this European quality.
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  • Faced with post-fact populism, Europe is our best hope
    Cows behind a direction sign for Camembert city
    Published by Phil Hogan17 March 2017

    Faced with post-fact populism, Europe is our best hope

    There was a time, not so long ago, when politicians who were found to have been 'economical with the truth' were generally expected to resign.
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  • Developing the Agri-food Sector to Boost National Economic Growth in Greece
    Phil Hogan, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development visits the area of Thessalonica where he visits a farm, a winery and attends meetings.
    Published by Phil Hogan10 March 2017

    Developing the Agri-food Sector to Boost National Economic Growth in Greece

    This week I was very pleased to be back in Greece for some farm visits and a major conference on Agri-business. Greece is a great country, but it is living through some very challenging times. As Greece seeks to rebuild its economy, the government has correctly identified the agri-food sector as a potential area for strong growth and job creation.
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  • New Market Observatories Launched for Crops and Sugar
    Published by Phil Hogan2 March 2017

    New Market Observatories Launched for Crops and Sugar

    During the 54th Salon Internationale de l'Agriculture in Paris - France's premier showcase for farming and rural areas - I confirmed the creation of new market observatories and discussed the future of the CAP.
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  • The role of water in sustainable agriculture
    Published by Phil Hogan24 February 2017

    The role of water in sustainable agriculture

    Water is one of the most precious resources we have on this earth and it is under increasing stress. All of us have a responsibility to provide leadership in preserving it for future generations. The EU has a particular role to play in this regard and takes its responsibility very seriously.
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  • Good News as Hong Kong lifts Restrictions on EU Meat Exports
    Published by Phil Hogan17 February 2017

    Good News as Hong Kong lifts Restrictions on EU Meat Exports

    This week we received great news on the trade front, as Hong Kong removed "born, raised and slaughtered" restrictions for EU meat exports.
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  • Public Consultation Launch #FutureofCAP
    Published by Phil Hogan3 February 2017

    Public Consultation Launch #FutureofCAP

    Food and farming is an inherent part of what life in Europe is all about. Our agricultural traditions, our emblematic food products, the patchwork of fields and farms that even now still make up huge swathes of the European countryside – all of these define in many ways what Europe is about. But farming is not just about tradition – it’s about our future as well. Without farmers, there is no food. Without decent prospects for the next generation of young farmers, there could be no farms.
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  • Public Consultation on #FutureofCAP to launch on 2 February
    Published by Phil Hogan20 January 2017

    Public Consultation on #FutureofCAP to launch on 2 February

    In December, President Juncker announced a roadmap for designing the CAP of the future. During my visit to International Green Week in Berlin, I was pleased to announce that a public consultation feeding into this roadmap will be launched on February 2nd. I look forward to receiving strong submissions from across the agri-food and rural communities.During my visit to International Green Week in Berlin, I was pleased to announce that a public consultation feeding into this roadmap will be launche
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  • My New Year's Wish for 2017: a Stronger, Fairer Food Chain
    Published by Phil Hogan16 December 2016

    My New Year's Wish for 2017: a Stronger, Fairer Food Chain

    I am very pleased that as the year draws to an end, we are making progress on an issue which matters to both farmers and consumers.
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  • President Juncker Announces Roadmap for the Future CAP
    Published by Phil Hogan9 December 2016

    President Juncker Announces Roadmap for the Future CAP

    If we want the CAP to continue doing a great job for Europe's citizens, we need to think about how it will change after the current EU budget period ends in 2020.
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  • President Juncker to open "Agricultural Outlook" Conference
    Published by Phil Hogan2 December 2016

    President Juncker to open "Agricultural Outlook" Conference

    Next week the second annual "Agricultural Outlook" conference takes place in Brussels. This is a large-scale event to assess the state of EU agriculture and the global challenges which lie ahead, like the environment and climate change.
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  • Access to Finance – the Key to Unlock Agrifood Innovation, Jobs & Growth
    Published by Phil Hogan25 November 2016

    Access to Finance – the Key to Unlock Agrifood Innovation, Jobs & Growth

    By developing financial instruments of the right type and right quantity in the agri-food sector, we can dramatically enhance the capacity of our farmers and agri-businesses to innovate, grow, export and create jobs.
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  • My Plan to Begin Repairing our Broken Food Chain
    Published by Phil Hogan18 November 2016

    My Plan to Begin Repairing our Broken Food Chain

    The Food Chain was centre stage for me this week. As someone who grew up on a mixed family farm, I understand that the bottom line comes first. If farmers don't get a fair price for their work – if they can't make a decent living – then we have a real problem. The farmer's share of what EU consumers spend on food is being continuously squeezed, due to the clear imbalance of power between producers and other links of the food supply chain.
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  • 2016 Diplomatic Offensive (part II) – Strengthening EU-ASEAN relations
    Published by Phil Hogan10 November 2016

    2016 Diplomatic Offensive (part II) – Strengthening EU-ASEAN relations

    Following my visit to Hong Kong and Vietnam I continued my diplomatic offensive in Indonesia this week. I was honoured to be the first European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development to visit this large, diverse and growing economy.
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  • 2016 Diplomatic Offensive – Building Trade Abroad to Create Jobs at Home
    Published by Phil Hogan4 November 2016

    2016 Diplomatic Offensive – Building Trade Abroad to Create Jobs at Home

    This week and next, I am continuing my 2016 Diplomatic Offensive with visits to Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia.
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  • This week's visits to the Netherlands and Ireland
    Published by Phil Hogan21 October 2016

    This week's visits to the Netherlands and Ireland

    Following on from my speech on the importance of innovation and research in the agri-food sector last week, on Monday I visited Wageningen University in the Netherlands, one of the world's leading agriculture research institutes.
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