EU requests WTO panel over Russia import duties

The EU has decided to take Russia to World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement on account of its “excessive import duties” on certain products, such as palm oil.

Analysis: EU pigmeat sector split over private storage plan

More than a year on from Russia’s decision to ban EU pigmeat imports, the European Commission this week decided to introduce private storage aid (PSA) for pigmeat – a move designed to stimulate market recovery.

Hogan asks MEPs for input on CAP simplification

EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan has asked MEPs to submit ideas and proposals on simplification of the CAP by March 13.

Analysis: Russia's EU food import ban likely to remain in place

There is growing speculation among food and agricultural policy analysts that Russia could soon lift some or all of the sanctions imposed six months ago on the European Union, North America, Australia, and Norw...

MEP seeks welfare additions to organic revamp proposal

Amid ongoing uncertainty over the future of Commission proposals on the organic sector, MEPs this week discussed a series of amendments which would give animal welfare greater prominence in the planned revamp.

Ukraine looks east to boost maize trade as EU imports recede

As Ukraine’s position of maize exporter has strengthened over the last year, the Black Sea country continues to set its eyes on boosting trade with China and loosening its EU ties.

EU confirms further butter/SMP storage aid extension

The European Commission has confirmed that EU ‘private storage aid’ (PSA) for butter and skimmed milk powder (SMP) will continue until the end of Sept...

EU wheat and barley exports stay ahead year-on-year

EU soft wheat exports licences topped 900 000 tonnes for the third time this season in the week ended February 24, as barley sales also extended their...

TTIP: Leak shows EU agri red lines in services and investment

US companies wanting to establish themselves in France or acquire vineyards in the country would need authorisation from the French authorities, accor...

Commission takes Italy to Court over milk superlevy fines

The European Commission has taken Italy to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to “meet its responsibilities adequately” in recover...

EU decision on labelling of cloned meat moves nearer

A Commission report into the feasibility of requiring imports of meat and milk derived from offspring of clones to be labelled as such is due for publ...

France in fresh bid to halt sheep sector decline

France is putting in place a new measures aimed at halting a prolonged decline in sheep meat production – mobilising millions of euros to help boost c...

EU to promote biofuels through new energy strategy

The European Commission will promote investments in sustainable alternative fuels, including "biofuel production processes", as part of its strategy t...

Editorial: EU must finally deliver clarity on its biofuels policy

The EU’s biofuels supply chain has once again called for an end to the political uncertainty surrounding the cap on the use of conventional biofuels in the bloc’s transport energy mix.

Analysis: Drive for more accurate farm data in developing countries

Morten Jerven published his book ‘Poor Numbers’ two years ago, which caused quite a stir in development and agricultural economics circles.

Editorial: EU must finally deliver clarity on its biofuels policy

The EU’s biofuels supply chain has once again called for an end to the political uncertainty surrounding the cap on the use of conventional biofuels in the bloc’s transport energy mix.

CAP

German, Lithuanian cheeses get EU protection

Cheeses made in Germany and Lithuania have this week been added to the EU’s register of protected ‘Geographical Indications’ (GIs) agri-food products.

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

Russian farmland values in steep decline

Average agricultural land values in Russia have decreased by up to 41% on the back of its currency depreciation.

France making less feed for pigs, more for dairy

Compound feed production fell by less than 1% in France last year – a smaller decline than in 2013  - as declines in pig feed were partly offset by increases in dairy feed output.