More than two years on from the horsemeat scandal, police from seven EU member states have swooped to make 26 arrests in an operation coordinated by the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust).

EU boosts grain yield forecast on favourable weather

Favourable weather conditions across Europe have led the European Commission’s crop monitoring unit, Mars, to raise its forecast for grain and rapeseed yields.

Commission authorises wave of long-awaited GMO imports

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 funding for CAP ‘technical assistance’ misused – EU Auditors

EU funding for ‘technical assistance’ under the 2007-2013 CAP has been largely misused, failing to provide additional capacity building in Europe’s rural areas, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) 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...

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.

TTIP 9th round: GMOs, ‘regulatory convergence’ hot topics

EU and US negotiators are “getting closer” to finding areas to converge proposals on agriculture under the controversial ‘regulatory convergence’ chap...

EU still seeking regional trade deal with ASEAN countries

Plans could be in place by the end of the year for renewed negotiations between the EU and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on a region...

Russia warns EU over fruit and veg re-exports

Already closed to a wide range of EU foods and farm goods, Russia is now threatening new restrictions on fruit and vegetables coming into the country ...

MENA buying fails to stem wheat price flop

Wheat futures failed to reverse a three-week price slump despite several Middle-Eastern/North African (MENA) countries returning to the market to top ...

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.

New global platform gives voice to livestock herders

A new initiative giving pastoralists a stronger voice on the international stage was launched today (April 27) by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisa...

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...

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.


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.

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.