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New protected geographical indication from Italy approved by the Commission

The European Commission has approved the application for inclusion of the Italian "Cioccolato di Modica" (PGI), which is chocolate exclusively produced, from the bitter cocoa paste to the finished product, in the municipality of Modica. No cocoa butter or other vegetable fats is added, and the low temperature at which the ingredients are processed...

Hormone-free beef: Council authorises launch of negotiations with the United States

On 19 October, the Council authorised the Commission to open negotiations on an agreement with the United States on imports of high quality beef from animals not treated with certain growth promoting hormones. The Council also adopted a mandate for the negotiations, which will review the functioning of the existing quota for imports of hormone-...

Latest report shows income increase in the EU farming sector

  Published today, the latest farm economics overview, covering the years 2014 and 2015, shows that incomes in the EU farming sector grew. This increase reverses the decline seen in 2013. Particularly strong growth was seen in the horticultural and wine sectors and for permanent crops (mainly fruit and berry trees, bushes, vines and olive trees)....

Quality food and drink across Europe: Münchener Bier PGI

Drawn from wells sunk deep into the rock beneath the city, the famous quality of Munich beer helps to draw over 6 million people to the city each year. History Many people have heard of the ‘Reinheitsgebot’ or beer purity law, which traditionally limits the ingredients of German beer to just barley, water and yeast. However, did you know that...

18/10/2018
Brief no 1 - CAP Specific Objectives Explained: Ensuring viable farm income

This is part of a series of Briefs summarising the facts and addressing the policy relevance around the 9 proposed specific objectives of the future CAP. Key messages: EU farm income is still significantly below the average income of the economy, despite this gap decreasing as a result of structural change driven by the outflow of labour from...