ComEnvi chair drafts motion to reject GMO proposal

The chair of the European Parliament’s environment committee (ComEnvi) has urged fellow MEPs to reject the European Commission’s controversial proposal on genetically modified (GM) food and feed imports.

TTIP: Trade MEPs put amendments back to plenary

A total of 113 of the 116 amendments put forward by MEPs from outside the European Parliament’s committee on international trade (ComInta) on recommendations for the European Commission while negotiating an EU-...

First EU ‘Bio-Based Industries Initiative’ projects approved

Ten projects aimed at developing the so-called EU bioeconomy have been selected for funding via a new public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), with the investment...

Funds caught on wrong side of grain ‘weather market’

Funds and other short sellers scrambled to cover their exposed positions in the week ending June 26 as a burgeoning list of global crop weather issues threatened to trim more bushels off assumed grain and oilse...

EU governments urge sugar price monitoring post quotas

Most member states have called on the European Commission to maintain a price monitoring system for the EU sugar market after production quotas end in September 2017.

Risk of mycotoxin contamination in crops grows with climate change

Professor Naresh Magan and Dr Angel Medina Vaya of the Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute, Cranfield University, discuss the research they have been undertaking on the spread of fungal diseases as a result o...

Updated: Compromise reached on domain names .wine and .vin

EU and global wine producers have struck a deal with a US-based company on its use of internet domain names .wine and .vin – which the European Commis...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (June 29 - July 3)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will publish their latest ten-yea...

Fruit and veg imports in breach of EU rules up slightly in 2014

Of all fruit and vegetable consignments subject to checks at EU borders in 2014, 4.4% were found to be in breach of EU legislation and were therefore ...

Belgium missing targets on antibiotic use in livestock

After two years of decline, antibiotic usage in animals rose in Belgium in 2014 despite the launch of an ambitious reduction strategy, which researche...

Commission weighs support for non-stun slaughter labels

A new EU study finds only limited consumer interest in labelling meat from animals slaughtered without stunning, although stakeholders are split down ...

Ireland expects BSE downgrade after case confirmed

Ireland says it expects to see its BSE status downgraded after confirming a ‘classical’ case of the disease – the first in the country since 2013.

UK sheep industry steps up push for TSE rule change

Farming groups in the UK are making a formal request for the government to change carcase splitting rules for sheep – a move they say will help cut co...

Five things you need to know this week (June 26)

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

Analysis: In search for political simplicity, WTO agriculture negotiators face technical complexity

The latest thinking on how to cut import duties on farm products in the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks includes a debate on whether to make “average cuts on tariffs” or to “cut average tariffs”....

Five things you need to know this week (June 26)

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


Increase in EU sugar import licences for June

The European Union awarded 42,105 tonnes of sugar import licences under its seasonal TRQ facilities for June 2015, up from just 13,450t in the previous month and also above 17,850t in the same month l...

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

EFSA launches wide-ranging project on bee health

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a project which aims to assess the various stressors known to damage honeybee colonies and create a framework for risk assessment.

World Bank backs Smithfield's Romanian pork unit

Romania’s pigmeat sector was given a financial boost today (June 29) as the World Bank’s investment arm completed a $60 million loan to the local division of Smithfield Foods.

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