The EU and US should negotiate an “exhaustive list” of sensitive agricultural products to be exempted from tariff elimination under a trade deal, while EU negotiators must provide “strong protection” for the EU’s system of Geographical Indications (GIs), MEPs ...

EU, Japan leaders still aiming for FTA conclusion this year

The EU Council and Commission presidents and the Japanese prime minister have reaffirmed the aim of concluding the terms of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) by the end of 2015, despite a number of “outsta...

Agriculture MEPs oppose methane emission targets

New reduction targets for methane should be deleted from Commission air quality proposals, while targets for ammonia should be made more flexible, the European Parliament’s agriculture committee (ComAgri) agree...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (June 1-5)

EU agriculture ministers will meet in Riga on Monday and Tuesday (June 1-2) for the ‘informal’ Farm Council of the Latvian Presidency, with talks to focus on the state of organic agriculture in the bloc and its...

Commission issues 2016 CAP budget plans

The European Commission has put forward its 2016 EU budget proposal, which includes a total allocation of just over €61.5 billion for the CAP.

Embargo carves slice out of Russian poultry imports

Russian chicken meat imports fell by 45% in the first quarter of this year as the country’s ban on key Western suppliers helped accelerate efforts to become more self sufficient.

Russia seals bulk of Egyptian wheat tender

Egypt's state grain buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) purchased 240,000 tonnes of Russian and Romanian wheat in its latest te...

Drop-off in weekly EU soft wheat and barley licences

EU soft wheat export licences were at their lowest weekly level for seven weeks in the seven days ending May 27 and the fourth lowest for the 2014/15 ...

EU commits new funds for farming development in Malawi

A new EU-Malawi development cooperation agreement has been adopted, with the EU to provide aid for “sustainable agriculture” among other areas.

Interview: Competitive EU wheat prices likely to stay

The 2014/15 marketing year has already seen EU wheat exports reach a record high and the bloc has overtaken the US as the world's leading exporter of ...

Russia ban: Commission defends EU fruit/vegetable measures

EU measures taken to help fruit and vegetables producers in response to Russia’s import ban have been mostly successful, helping to stabilise markets ...

Organic review: Lead MEP presents draft report

The European Commission proposal on a revamp of the EU’s organic sector leaves too much power in the hands of the Commission, with too many important ...

France and Ireland secure upgrade to BSE risk status

France and Ireland will this week secure an upgrade to their risk status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), potentially opening up more marke...

Five things you need to know this week (May 29)

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

Trade Focus: Is wheat’s ‘weather market’ running out of steam?

Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) wheat futures reacted to further rain on harvest-near wheat in the US Plains with six-week highs at one stage last week, aggregating an 11% gain on the month to date.

Five things you need to know this week (May 29)

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

CAP

MEPs vote to merge CAP school milk and fruit schemes

The proposed merger of the CAP’s school milk and school fruit/vegetable schemes should go ahead as planned, despite the European Commission putting the proposal “on hold”.

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 calls for data on banned neonicotinoids and bees

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a call for data on the risks posed to bees by three banned neonicotinoid insecticides – Bayer's clothianidin and imidacloprid as well as Syngenta’s...

Breeding stock bans to crimp poultry supplies

Widespread outbreaks of avian flu are having a major impact on global poultry markets, according to a new report which says bans on the import of breeding stock could dent production in China and seve...