The European Parliament and Council remain deadlocked on a controversial revision of EU biofuels legislation, after trilogue negotiations failed, it has emerged.

Comment: Both science and society wants improved EU farm animal welfare

A comprehensive improvement of farm animal welfare within the EU is urgently needed, both from a scientific perspective and also to address societal concerns over current methods of farm animal husbandry.

Hogan wants common Parliament position on CAP simplification

EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan has urged MEPs to consolidate their main concerns on CAP simplification in an own-initiative report later this year, to help the EU executive draw up proposals before 2016.

EU aiming for TTIP deal by end of Obama administration, 2015 unlikely

The EU may not be able to conclude its wide-ranging trade deal with the US in 2015, aiming instead to get a deal by the end of the Obama administration, it has emerged.

Analysis: Confident Germany ready to make the most of post-milk quota EU

Germany has consistently been one of Europe’s biggest, most ambitious milk producers, regularly bursting through its quota limits. Now it is set on a path of growth.

New Doha Round agriculture proposals divide WTO members

The usual divisions persist on two new proposals from Latin American countries aimed at making progress on the long-stalled World Trade Organisation (WTO) Doha Development Round, as the deadline for a work prog...

Irish farmers call for shift in TTIP priorities

EU negotiators should focus less on the issue of Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) and spend more time on other issues affecting the meat and ...

French Parliament votes to ban neonicotinoid pesticides

The French Parliament has voted to ban neonicotinoid pesticides in France, as part of a new law on biodiversity.

EU adds pesticides to ‘water watch’ list

A group of eight pesticides has been included in the European Commission’s first “watch list” of chemicals that are considered of possible concern for...

Voluntary GMO-free label to be considered in US

A proposal in the US to establish a government-certified, voluntary labelling scheme for food products without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) h...

Organic proposal may need more time, says lead MEP

A proposed revamp of EU organic sector rules may need more time than has been allotted by the European Commission, the lead MEP in the European Parli...

EU plans for more sustainable forest management backed by MEPs

The European Parliament’s agriculture committee (ComAgri) has strongly backed a European Commission proposal for a set of EU-wide criteria and indicat...

Commission predicts decline in EU crop yields

EU crop yields are expected to decline in most member states this year despite generally favourable conditions across the bloc, according to a new rep...

Five things you need to know this week (March 20)

What have been the big stories on Agra Europe in the past seven days?

Analysis: South-South trade becomes the new normal for global agriculture

Global agricultural trade patterns have changed dramatically over recent decades, particularly with the emergence of developing country exporters such as Brazil and Argentina, and their trade with Chi...

Five things you need to know this week (March 20)

What have been the big stories on Agra Europe in the past seven days?

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EU sugar news: Suedzucker, Nordzucker, CXL import licences

Europe’s largest sugar refiner Suedzucker is being sued for damages by confectionery firms after it was found guilty of price fixing last year.

Updated CAP Monitor looks at the changes coming for 2014-2020

CAP Monitor is now fully revised and updated, offering a full section-by-section guide to the new CAP for 2014-2020

Russian agribusiness looks east for expansion funds

Russian agribusiness Kuban Agroholding is in talks with Chinese investors in an effort to secure funds for expansion as it cannot secure affordable credit domestically and is cut off from western fina...

Russia and EU in new clash over pigmeat ban

Moscow and Brussels have once again clashed over animal health-related trade issues after EU officials said they had no intention of dropping a World Trade Organisation (WTO) case against Russia’s ban...