The European Commission has authorised 19 new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for import into the EU, days after proposed new legislation on GM imports for food and feed.

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (April 27 - May 1)

A controversial revision of EU legislation on biofuels, which has been on the table for the past two and a half years, should be formally approved by the European Parliament plenary next week.

Most EU countries to extend 2015 CAP subsidy claim deadline

More than half of the EU member states have taken up the option of delaying the deadline for CAP direct payment claims this year, it has emerged.

Ukraine urged to improve SPS standards for EU imports

The Ukrainian agricultural sector must step up efforts to meet EU food safety standards if it wants to benefit fully from the preferential import arrangements in place, the European Commission has said.

Analysis: Russia gives clues to post-ban era as Greek inspections begin

Russian food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor this week began inspecting production facilities in Greece and Hungary, with Cyprus to follow on April 27 - adding to speculation that Moscow is preparing to select...

US ‘disappointed’ over Commission GM food and feed proposal

The United States government has expressed “disappointment” over the European Commission’s proposal giving member states the right to restrict or prohibit the import of EU-authorised genetically modified (GM) c...

Five things you need to know this week (April 24)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

EFSA shoots down Xylella fastidiosa claims

There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that fungi rather than the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa are the primary cause of the olive quick d...

Animal welfare laws for transport go beyond EU border - Court

Protection under EU legislation for animals being transported from the EU to a third country does not stop at the borders of the bloc, the Court of Ju...

World demand will absorb extra EU milk, says US on end of quotas

The US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) is quite bullish in its forecasts about the end of EU milk production quotas.

Post quotas, can Italy's favourite cheeses conquer the world?

Italy is often referred to as a country of two halves – with large differences between north and the south of the country. It can also be seen this wa...

Russia appoints new farm minister to boost self sufficiency

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new agriculture minister to push forward strategies aimed at making the country more self sufficient ...

Commission working on new strategy document for EU trade policy

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is working on a new ‘Communication’ on the future of EU trade policy, set to be published this autumn, it has ...

Five things you need to know this week (April 24)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

Analysis: EU pigmeat forecasts reveal PSA limitations

EU farmers' union Copa Cogeca has called for additional measures to help the pigmeat sector as it becomes clear that private storage aid (PSA) has only had a limited impact since it was opened up in e...

Five things you need to know this week (April 24)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.


Commission announces wave of new agri promotion programmes

The European Commission has approved 41 new programmes to promote EU agricultural products in the bloc and in third country markets, it announced.

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

Organic review: Council Presidency readies compromise text

The Latvian Presidency of the Council has put forward compromises on the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products as well as controls on farmers, in hopes of reaching a deal amongst m...

Russian pigmeat production up 9% as imports collapse

Russian pigmeat production rose by almost 9% in the first quarter of this year as local producers stepped in to fill some of the gaps left by the country’s ban on key Western suppliers.