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EU agri-policy diary (Dec 18 – Dec 22): 2017 EU agricultural outlook conference, ENVI MEPs visit EFSA

Next week will be light on the agenda as everyone prepares for the Christmas break.
EU European Agricultural Policy

CAP reform plans leave too many questions unanswered, says ComAgri President

The Commission’s Communication on the post-2020 CAP reform does not adequately address the issues of farming incomes, rural depopulation and generational renewal, according to ComAgri President Czesław Siekierski, who has further criticised the lack of intervention measures foreseen under the proposals to tackle future price disturbances on agricultural markets.

European Agricultural Policy CAP

EU set to liberalise farm imports from Mercosur under new offer

The European Union is poised to offer Mercosur a deal which will offer completely free trade on 83% of agri-food imports from the South American bloc within 10 years.

European Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

UK farmers facing AD fiscal constraints, call for post-Brexit subsidies

Post-Brexit prospects for UK farmers to expand their use of anaerobic digestion (AD) remains shrouded in uncertainty, with the sector already showing signs of suffering from serious policy neglect due to the time-consuming demands of negotiating the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU.    

European Agricultural Policy Biofuels

Industry MEPs vote controversial renewable targets, also in transport, but no national targets

MEPs from the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) adopted a resolution setting out that by 2030 at least 35% of all energy consumed in the EU should come from renewable sources, but failed to set national binding targets.
EU European Agricultural Policy

Collapse of NAFTA could threaten stability of global agricultural trade

If Donald Trump maintains his commitment to abandoning the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), should negotiations on reforming the deal fall flat, it could lead to a major disruption not only of US agricultural trade but also create considerable instability in world agri-food markets. 

US Agricultural Policy Trade Agreements

EU sugar industry warns EU executive not to offer sugar in trade talks with Mercosur

The EU associations representing the interests of beet growers, sugar producers and farmers have joined forces to warn the Commission not to include sugar in a new trade offer to Mercosur. 
European Agricultural Policy Europe

UK to back restrictions on neonicotinoid use

The UK will back the European Commission's proposal for a complete ban on the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides in the EU, the country’s environment minister has indicated. The country will also likely keep the restrictions in place post-Brexit. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Indonesia threatens to halt EU milk powder imports over palm oil curbs

Indonesia's government has said it could stop milk powder imports from the European Union if the bloc pushes forward with moves to restrict palm oil purchases.

European Agricultural Policy Biofuels
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