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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.

Editorial: EU on course to become world’s leading wheat exporter

While the future looks uncertain for exporters of some agricultural produce, the trade in EU wheat is going from strength to strength with the bloc set to overtake the US as the world’s leading exporter of the ...

Editorial: EU and Russia are inextricably linked when it comes to pigmeat trade

The impact of the Russian ban on pigmeat products from the EU in January last year on both sides of the divide is becoming starker with each new set o...

Editorial: Commission happy to play the waiting game on aid requests

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan seemed to spend a considerable amount of time at this week’s Farm Council meeting batting away requests for direct...

Editorial: Russian pigmeat signals positive but do not expect trade thaw soon

It was welcome news for EU pork producers this week, when Russia said that it would consider lifting the ban on imports of at least some pigmeat produ...

Editorial: Co-operation still key as EU boosts animal disease war chest

The EU is to increase its spending on the fight against animal diseases, following on from a stark warning by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA...

Editorial: Oil price drop highlights supply chain inequality

The plunging price of oil may be welcome news for customers at the petrol pump – but the benefits are not seemingly being passed on to EU farmers.

Editorial: 2014 has been year of ‘change’ for EU farming

If one word summed up 2014 in the world of EU agricultural politics, and in particular the impact of the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy, it would b...

Editorial: EU must still aim for a consensus on GMOs

EU institutions have reached an agreement that will allow member states to ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) on their territ...

Editorial: Hogan urged to clear up ‘greening’ issue as a priority

The ‘greening’ requirements in the new CAP will be difficult to implement next year and will most likely lead to a wave of spending errors, a number of EU stakeholders warned this week.

Analysis - Switzerland urged to liberalise its farm sector further by OECD

Agriculture plays a relatively minor and declining role in the Swiss economy. Its share in gross domestic product is less than 1%, while its contribution to employment among a population of 8 million ...

Editorial: Hogan urged to clear up ‘greening’ issue as a priority

The ‘greening’ requirements in the new CAP will be difficult to implement next year and will most likely lead to a wave of spending errors, a number of EU stakeholders warned this week.

CAP

Commission proposes 1.39% cut to 2015 P1 payments, to fund ‘Crisis Reserve’

The European Commission has put forward plans to reduce 2015 CAP direct payments by 1.39%, to fund the so-called CAP ‘Crisis Reserve’ for 2016.

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

Trade Focus: Markets relaxed about shrinking grain surplus forecasts

Wheat prices fell and maize made only modest gains last week as traders paid more attention to weak old crop fundamentals than a less slack constellation developing for 2015/16 supplies.

EU consults on Denmark’s strict nitrite in meat limits

The Commission is asking for comments on a Danish request to allow it to maintain its stringent national limits on nitrites in meat products that are stricter than EU standards and could mean traditio...