Total EU agri-food exports to third countries increased by 2% in value terms between August and December last year compared to the same period in 2013, despite the Russian ban.

Latvian Presidency drafts Council’s CAP simplification calls

The ‘greening’ provisions for direct payments must be simplified as a priority and reporting and inspection burdens should be reduced, says a draft version of the common member state position on simplifying the...

Commission proposal to give member states more power on GMOs

A forthcoming European Commission proposal will give member states the ability to restrict or prohibit the import of previously authorised genetically modified (GM) crops for food and feed, according to a draft...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (April 20-24)

EU agriculture ministers will meet in Luxembourg on Monday (April 20) for a Farm Council meeting, with potential origin labelling for a range of agri-food products to be discussed with the European Commission.

Five things you need to know this week (April 17)

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

TPP: Congress leaders grant Obama ‘fast track’ authority

Both Republican and Democrat congressional leaders have agreed to give US President Barack Obama so-called ‘fast track’ status on negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a significant move with respect...

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...

EU chief science adviser role ‘difficult’ - head of Commission JRC

Anne Glover’s tenure as scientific adviser to the European Commission President was a “difficult experiment” as the EU has so many different national ...

Commission challenges legal basis of cloning report

MEPs lined up to support a draft report calling for changes to Commission cloning proposals on Thursday (April 16), but were then told some of these a...

EU lifts soft wheat export forecast back up

The EU saw its soft wheat exports lifted again by 2.1 million tonnes to a record high due to strong demand for milling and feed grades, according to c...

Updated: EU, Eastern Partnership states to boost agricultural advisory cooperation

EU ‘Eastern Partnership’ countries Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, and also Armenia and Belarus, are set to step up farming cooperation with EU member s...

MEPs call for flexibility on ammonia emissions

EU targets for reducing ammonia emissions need to be more flexible than those of other atmospheric pollutants, lead MEP Julie Girling says in a draft ...

Russia still undecided on lifting wheat tax, food import ban to stay

The Russian agriculture ministry has yet to decide whether a wheat export tax should be extended for the next 2015/16 marketing year as well as lift t...

Five things you need to know this week (April 10)

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

Analysis: Growing risk factors dampen global outlook for farm trade

The soft commodities world outlook remains in a state of flux, with generally depressed prices, while uncertain market circumstances prevail in the EU and China.

Five things you need to know this week (April 10)

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

CAP

MEPs urge Commission not to scrap CAP school scheme merger

A plan to merge the CAP’s school milk and school fruit/vegetable schemes should be implemented, and the milk scheme funds increased by €20 million a year, the European Parliament’s agriculture committ...

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

New EU GM crop cultivation rules enter into force

Revised EU rules on authorising the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the EU have entered into force.

Company News: European feed firms step up Asian investments

Asia’s fast growing animal feed sector continues to attract investments from Europe, with a number of big new projects announced by Danish, French and Dutch companies over the past few days.