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Trade: Commission reports on progress in trade talks with Chile and Mercosur

  As part of its commitment to a transparent trade policy, the Commission today published reports from the latest negotiating rounds with Chile and Mercosur.  The round reports include information about progress in all areas of the respective negotiations. As regards Chile, the report covers the third round of talks for a new, modernised trade...

Main results - Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 18/06/2018

Main results: Today we had key discussions on the future of our agriculture and fisheries. In the years to come both sectors will not only have to keep ensuring food security for Europe, but also meet the challenges of sustainability, innovation and generational renewal. The Council wants to make sure that both sectors are equipped with the right...

Neonicotinoids: EFSA evaluates emergency uses

EFSA has examined the scientific basis for emergency authorisations of neonicotinoid pesticides which were granted in seven EU Member States in 2017. EFSA’s reports evaluate on a country-by-country basis whether other pesticides could have been substituted for the neonicotinoid products and assess the availability of non-insecticidal alternatives...

European agriculture seen through the eyes of young Chinese farmers

Benefitting from an EU-China project on capacity building for young professional famers and agricultural professionals, a group of 12 young farmers from China came to Europe. Visiting Belgium, the United Kingdom and Estonia between 15 and 28 April 2018, the Chinese farmers and agricultural professionals had the chance to learn more about European...

Dual quality of food: European Commission releases common testing methodology

The European Commission has just released a new common methodology to allow national consumer authorities comparing the quality of food products sold with similar packaging across the EU. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said:"All European consumers are entitled to a fair deal on the...