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End of sugar quotas presents opportunity for the sector to become an international player

The end of sugar quotas can bring opportunities for both the farming community in terms of broader outlets for crops and for the industry when it comes to increase product options and risk mitigation, the president of the EU starch industry said.
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Perdue discusses WTO quota issue, future agri-food trade with UK MPs

US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has met with British MPs to discuss post-Brexit UK-US agri-food trade and reaching an agreement on Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) at the World Trade Organization (WTO). 

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

“Deadlock” on financial bill still blocks EU-UK Brexit negotiations

Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK government have reached a “standstill” on the controversial divorce bill and positions remain still far apart on guaranteeing citizens’ rights, the two chief negotiators said today (October 12).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

France in 'no hurry' to conclude EU-Mercosur trade deal - Macron

Emmanuel Macron has said negotiations between the EU and the Mercosur group of Latin American countries need to be ‘refreshed’ and will discuss the matter with other EU leaders next week.  

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Post-Brexit farm support policy crucial to UK farm profitability, says new report

Changes to the UK’s agricultural support payment system post-Brexit are likely to have a more profound impact on the financial health of the UK agriculture industry than changes to the country’s external trade regime, according to an important new study published today (October 11).

European Agricultural Policy Brexit

US olive dumping accusations rile Spain's Andalusia

Spain’s autonomous community of Andalusia wants Madrid to defend the EU’s system of support to the food industry after being accused of olive dumping by the US. The Andalusian government maintains the accusations, by Californian companies, are “opportunistic and unjust”.

European Food Law Trade Disputes

MEP challenges ‘risky’ plans for Mercosur poultry meat duty

Hungarian centre right MEP Norbert Erdős is challenging what he considers the Commission’s ‘risky’ plans to offer South American countries “extremely generous duty-free quotas” on agri-food products under the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, particularly the proposed tariff free quotas (TRQ) for poultry meat.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

US groups angered by EU granting PGI status for Danbo cheese

The EU has provoked fierce international criticism by registering the Danish cheese type ‘Danbo’ as a protected geographical indication (PGI) - with US groups in particular expressing their disappointment at the decision. 

European Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US leads growing opposition to EU-UK WTO tariff rate quota plan

Opposition to a reported EU-UK agreement on how agricultural import quotas should be carved up post-Brexit is strengthening with a number of key agricultural trade partners, including the US, Brazil and Canada, claiming the approach is not consistent with the principle of leaving other World Trade Organization (WTO) members “no worse off”. 

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