EU milk quotas end - sector is ready, says Commission

EU milk production quotas, in place for over three decades, will be abolished next week, with the European Commission “very positive” about the prospects for the European dairy sector.

Biofuels revision: Parliament, Council deadlock persists

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

Five things you need to know this week (March 27)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in the past seven days.

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.

Glyphosate ‘probably carcinogenic’ claim rejected by German risk assessor

Germany’s national risk assessment body, leading an ongoing EU re-evaluation of glyphosate, has said its research shows “no validated or significant r...

MEPs criticise high error rates in 2013 CAP spending

MEPs have strongly criticised high error rates by member states in 2013 CAP spending, based on information from a European Court of Auditor’s (ECA) re...

Russia and EU clash over pigmeat at WTO meeting

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 ...

Commissioner offers little to cloning proposal critics

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis offered little hope of a resolution to the deadlock over animal cloning this week, steerin...

French government backs Doux investment plan

The French government body, the Banque Publique d’Investissement (BPI), this week announced that it is to lend recovering poultry exporter Doux €5 mil...

Inclusion of GIs ‘key objective’ in FTAs – Commission report

Getting “results” on the inclusion of ‘Geographical Indications’ (GIs) in trade deals with the US and Japan is a “key objective” of the European Commi...

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.

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

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Analysis - Switzerland urged to liberalise its farm sector further by OECD

Agriculture plays a relatively minor and declining role in the Swiss economy. Its share in gross domestic product is less than 1%, while its contribution to employment among a population of 8 million ...

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

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CAP

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.

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

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 report from the European Commission’s crop monitoring...

EU feed industry sets out guidelines on sustainable soya

The EU feed industry is taking new steps to promote responsibly produced soya with the publication of a draft set of guidelines aimed at boosting mainstream market supply.