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Dairy market: skimmed milk powder stocks reduced by half

Half of the skimmed milk powder bought into public stock since 2015 (190,000 out of 380,000 tonnes) has been put back into the market without jeopardising its functioning and the recovery of the sector. The latest tender sale of 30,000 tonnes took place on 8 November. The latest EU price report for the dairy market published by the Milk Market...

European Commission state aid decision to cover damages caused by wolves and other protected animals

The Commission took a decision to fully enable farmers to receive full compensation for damages caused by protected animals, such as wolves. The investments that farmers will do to prevent such damages, for example building electric fences or acquiring guard dogs, will be also fully reimbursed.   Today's decision aims to increase support to...

Environmental reporting alignment: Council agrees its position

The EU is looking to align reporting requirements across a range of environmental legislation. The Council today agreed its position on a regulation which will ensure a more coherent and consistent approach to environmental reporting. This agreement paves the way for the Austrian presidency to begin negotiations with the European Parliament. The...

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...

Competition/Agriculture: Commission publishes report on application of competition rules in the agricultural sector

The European Commission has published the first report on the application of competition rules in the agricultural sector. The report shows that the work of European competition authorities can help farmers to obtain better conditions when selling their products to large buyers or cooperatives. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of...

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