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EU agriculture policy diary (October 21-25): Brexit and bees

Last Thursday (October 17), Boris Johnson was finally able to reach an agreement with the EU on how the UK would leave the bloc, but Brexit won’t be leaving the headlines anytime soon with more events unfolding next week.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Breakthrough Brexit deal offers hope to agri-food sector – but fears still persist

The United Kingdom has finally reached agreement with the EU on revised terms for its departure from the Union, and on the basis of its subsequent future partnership. But as things stand, there is still no certainty as to whether any of the provisions agreed will actually come into effect as planned at the end of this month – or at all.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Appellate Body ‘inevitably’ headed for hiatus: WTO facilitator

A hiatus in the functioning of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body – a cornerstone of its dispute settlement process – is inevitable, Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand told WTO’s General Council, and the US rejected his proposal aimed at addressing US concerns to break an impasse on the appointment of new judges to the body.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Brazil consults on geographical indications in EFTA deal

The Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), a federal agency linked to the country’s Ministry of Economy, has launched a public consultation on the recognition by the Brazilian government, of geographical indications (GIs) originating from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).



European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU and UK reach 'fair and balanced' Brexit deal

An agreement has been reached between the European Commission and the United Kingdom on a Brexit withdrawal agreement, with the EU Council, European and British parliaments set to scrutinise the legal text in the coming days.

Brexit Trade Agreements

Member states demand swift EU response to US tariffs

On Monday (October 14), EU agricultural ministers reacted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the US can impose tariffs on Europe’s agri-food sector and called on the Commission to quickly de-escalate tensions while also preparing “rapid support” for the worst hit areas.

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US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

Trade Disputes Markets

EU agriculture policy diary (October 21-25): Brexit and bees

Last Thursday (October 17), Boris Johnson was finally able to reach an agreement with the EU on how the UK would leave the bloc, but Brexit won’t be leaving the headlines anytime soon with more events unfolding next week.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Appellate Body ‘inevitably’ headed for hiatus: WTO facilitator

A hiatus in the functioning of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body – a cornerstone of its dispute settlement process – is inevitable, Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand told WTO’s General Council, and the US rejected his proposal aimed at addressing US concerns to break an impasse on the appointment of new judges to the body.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

EU to take Colombian French fry tariff case to WTO

The EU will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) at Colombia’s decision to impose anti-dumping import duties on European frozen French fries.

Trade Disputes Political

Traders bypass EU safeguard tariffs on Cambodian rice, Hogan admits

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said that the renewed EU tariffs on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar are functioning well, yet he admitted that they are being circumvented by European importers.

EU Italy

Commission agrees to provide private storage aid to olive sector

The European Commission has accepted Spain’s request for a private storage scheme to support its struggling olive and olive oil producers, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has announced.

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Geographical Indications

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US cheese tariffs dampen mood at EU dairy conference

The imposition by the US of new tariffs on EU dairy exports overshadowed the agenda at this year’s European Dairy Association Congress in Vienna.

Trade Disputes Markets

Brazil consults on geographical indications in EFTA deal

The Brazilian Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), a federal agency linked to the country’s Ministry of Economy, has launched a public consultation on the recognition by the Brazilian government, of geographical indications (GIs) originating from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).



European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Italy pledges to strengthen food origin labelling

Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has included new provisions on addressing the origin of food products in a recent update to the country’s 2019 Economic and Financial Document (Documento di economia e finanza, or DEF). DEF is Italy’s main instrument for financial and economic planning as it sets out the public finance and economic strategies for the mid-term.

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