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Common Agricultural Policy

EU executive launches public consultation on food supply chain fairness

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer with the aim of introducing EU-wide measures, if needed, to regulate unfair trading practices with respect to agri-food products.
European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs Market Support

Direct Subsidies

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CAP greening 'ill adapted' to different EU farming practices, says OECD

CAP Pillar One (P1) ‘greening’ is “ill adapted to the diversity of farming practices and conditions” across the EU, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has said. 
European Agricultural Policy Europe

Commission set to analyse CAP’s administrative burden

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG Agri) has called for a study to be drawn up analysing the administrative burden arising from the CAP.

European Agricultural Policy Europe

Analysis: P1 co-financing could save CAP up to €13.5 billion per year

Switching to a co-financing system for direct aid payments under Pillar One of the CAP could reduce budgetary expenditure on the CAP by between €7.5 and €13.5 billion a year, according to new Agra Europe estimates.

European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

Commission mulling co-financing of P1 as part of post-2020 budget package

Europe’s farmers have been warned to prepare for changes in the way the Common Agriculture Policy is financed after 2020 – including the possible introduction of national co-financing for Pillar One direct aid payments.

European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

EU Parliament Agri Committee votes through controversial resolution on changes to CAP

The European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee (ComAgri) has voted through a controversial draft opinion on changing CAP rules that introduces bargaining organisations for farmers and softens greening requirements.

European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs

No Commission proposal to increase greening 'EFA' requirement to 7%

The European Commission has decided not to increase the minimum percentage of a farm’s arable land area that must be devoted to ‘Ecological Focus Area’ (EFA) in order to receive the full CAP Pillar One (P1) direct payment.

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Rural Development

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EU Commission approves virtual access products for broadband in German rural areas

Three German virtual access products for broadband internet have been approved by the European Commission under EU state aid rules with the aim of improving connectivity in rural areas, the EU executive notified today (August 11). 

European Agricultural Policy Rural Development

No plans to harmonise EU farmland acquisition rules, outlines Hogan

The European Commission has shot down an MEP’s call for the EU executive to put forward proposals to harmonise the EU’s regime on the acquisition of agricultural land in EU.

European Agricultural Policy CAP

Poland defies EU Court of Justice ban on logging of Natura 2000 forest

Poland will continue logging the country's primeval Bialowieza forest in defiance of a ban by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), saying it needs to fell trees to defeat insect pests. 
European Agricultural Policy Environment and Conservation

Post-2020 CAP should address income problems with risk management tools – OECD

Incentives for farmers to take up risk management measures under the EU’s post-2020 CAP should be “enhanced”, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has recommended, insisting that “short-term income problems should be addressed with risk management tools”.

European Agricultural Policy Rural Development

Commission set to analyse CAP’s administrative burden

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG Agri) has called for a study to be drawn up analysing the administrative burden arising from the CAP.

European Agricultural Policy Europe

EU, Iran to cooperate on trade in agriculture

The European Union and Iran have agreed to increase cooperation in the fields of agriculture and trade.

European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs
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Market Support

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Italian milk farmers must pay fines for overproducing on quotas - Hogan

Since the data and calculation method used by the Italian authorities to establish milk quotas up until 2015 and the respective levies for overproduction is reliable, the European Commission has said that it will not suspend the fines imposed to Italian producers for exceeding their quotas. 

European Agricultural Policy Market Support

Commission applies new import tariff on maize, rye and sorghum

The European Commission has introduced a fresh import tariff kicking off on August 8 on maize, rye and sorghum following record harvests for 2016/2017, which drove down global prices for the commodities and prompted the Commission to set the tariff. 
European Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

WTO members debate proposed solutions to ‘stockholding for food security’ issue

WTO members are trying to reach agreement on the controversial issue of public stockholding for food security purposes, recently debating the proposed solutions to the issue in hopes of making progress towards a deal at the upcoming ministerial conference in Buenos Aires in December.
European Agricultural Policy Farm Policy & Programs
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Budget & Financing

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Hogan gives no assurance that CAP budget won't be cut

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has declined to give assurance that the next CAP budget won’t be cut, when recently prompted by an MEP.

European Agricultural Policy Budget and Financing

Innovative agri projects awaiting investment on the European Investment Project Portal

Around eleven projects in agriculture and rural development are looking for investors on the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) which was launched by the European Commission in June.
European Agricultural Policy Budget and Financing

Fake honey ‘biggest problem by far’ facing EU apiculture, says MEP

The “biggest problem by far” facing the EU’s apiculture sector is the spread of fake honey in the internal market, MEP Norbert Erdős has said, urging the European Commission and member states to tackle the issue. 

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