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Parliament formally approves Omnibus package, Council is set to follow

The European Parliament has adopted the agricultural aspects of the Omnibus regulation, which will introduce new rules aimed at simplifying the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy from January 2018 onwards, as the Council is expected to greenlight the proposals at its meeting this evening.

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Greening is environmentally ineffective, too complex and overly expensive, say EU Auditors

Despite expenditure of €12 billion per year, greening has been largely ineffective in benefiting the environment and climate, as it has led to limited changes in farming practices while adding more complexity to the direct payments system, EU auditors have found. 

European Agricultural Policy CAP

WTO Ministerial update: USTR urges uniformity, other members respond

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina got off to a raucous start, as US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer delivered comments calling for more uniform enforcement of trade rules and less focus on litigation – drawing varied responses from other members.
US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Member states divided over Commission's CAP reform plans

Member states reacted to the Commission’s reform plans for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the Council today, showing clear divisions as regards to the new delivery model and the future design of the income support system.

European Agricultural Policy CAP

China attacks new EU anti-dumping methodology and calls for responsible use

China expressed concern at the new EU anti-dumping methodology and asked for restraint on the part of the bloc to avoid abusing it when calculating duties. 

European Agricultural Policy EU

Brexit is opportunity to create joined-up food and farming policies, MPs hear

The UK will be able to redesign food and farming policies so that they no longer tackle the issues of agriculture, obesity and the environment separately, but rather in a single approach, MPs on the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee heard.

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Rural Development

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Parliament formally approves Omnibus package, Council is set to follow

The European Parliament has adopted the agricultural aspects of the Omnibus regulation, which will introduce new rules aimed at simplifying the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy from January 2018 onwards, as the Council is expected to greenlight the proposals at its meeting this evening.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Member states divided over Commission's CAP reform plans

Member states reacted to the Commission’s reform plans for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the Council today, showing clear divisions as regards to the new delivery model and the future design of the income support system.

European Agricultural Policy CAP

Commission will set up sanctioning mechanism to realise CAP's environmental objectives

Under the future CAP delivery model, both cross-compliance and greening will be replaced by a mix of mandatory and voluntary environmental measures for farmers selected by the member states, which will be sanctioned by the European Commission if they do not reach the objectives set at the EU level.

European Agricultural Policy Environment and Conservation

Brexit: Single market, free movement 'least worst' option for Scots rural businesses

Scotland’s rural businesses need a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU which preserves access to the single market and the free movement of people, according to an interim report published by the country’s National Council of Rural Advisers (NCRA).

European Agricultural Policy Brexit

Defra secretary unveils plans for 'streamlined' UK farm support

The UK’s environment secretary has outlined plans for a more simplified approach to farmer support, and suggested that a post-Brexit agriculture policy will be more oriented towards achieving environmental goals than the current Common Agricultural Policy. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Reduction in number of EU farmers could be inevitable

The number of farmers in the European Union will continue to decline in the future, Italian MEP De Castro stated, as figures show that nearly 4 million farmers left the sector throughout the previous CAP period.

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Market Support

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EU leaders disappointed at lack of outcomes from WTO Ministerial Conference

The European Commission has expressed its disappointment at the lack of concrete outcomes from the WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires - including on key agricultural issues – with EU Trade Commissioner Malmström blaming the lack of responsibility shown by member states and the flaws in the organisation’s negotiating procedures.

European Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

EU, US, Japan attack “severe excess capacity” in international trade but refrain from naming China

The main trade representatives for the EU, the US and Japan delivered a joint statement committing to enhance trilateral cooperation and to re-establish a “global level playing field” in international trade.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Parliament formally approves Omnibus package, Council is set to follow

The European Parliament has adopted the agricultural aspects of the Omnibus regulation, which will introduce new rules aimed at simplifying the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy from January 2018 onwards, as the Council is expected to greenlight the proposals at its meeting this evening.

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Budget & Financing

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EU will mobilise €3 billion in development aid to support sustainable agriculture

To realise the goals of the Paris Agreement, the European Commission has unveiled that it will generate €9 billion in development aid for climate change actions over the next three years, of which €3 billion will support sustainable agriculture, rural development and agri-businesses.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Commission greenlights compensation for Belgian egg producers affected by fipronil

The Commission has authorised the Belgian government to compensate egg and poultry producers who have been economically impacted by the fipronil scandal this summer.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Greening is environmentally ineffective, too complex and overly expensive, say EU Auditors

Despite expenditure of €12 billion per year, greening has been largely ineffective in benefiting the environment and climate, as it has led to limited changes in farming practices while adding more complexity to the direct payments system, EU auditors have found. 

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