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Citizens' Dialogue in Kilkenny with Commissioner Phil Hogan

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan will co-host a Citizens' Dialogue on the Future of Europe for Farmers "Making CAP 2020 work for you" with IFA President Joe Healy in Kilkenny on 20 April. The event will be moderated by Justin McCarthy, Editor of the Irish Farmers’ Journal. It will take place on Friday evening...

Positive EU trade balance in February

The latest monthly trade report published on 19 April shows that the EU trade balance in February 2018 for agri-food products increased to a surplus of €1.7 billion, compared to a surplus of €1.3 billion in February last year. Highest increases in monthly export values were recorded for Turkey, Brazil and Singapore. By sector, the highest export...

Simpler use of EU funds: Council confirms deal with Parliament

The EU is simplifying the rules on using money from the EU budget. On 19 April 2018, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) endorsed an agreement reached with the European Parliament on the so-called Omnibus regulation on EU financial rules. The regulation will amend the existing financial regulation which sets out a general...

Future of CAP: Equality throughout the chain

We don’t always think about where our food comes from, and if we do we rarely imagine the different steps taken to get to the end product, ready for consumption. Starting as fresh milk from a cow and finishing its journey in a supermarket or a local cheese shop, your cheese has gone through the whole food supply chain before being added to your...

The Commission approves new geographical indication from the United Kingdom

The Commission has approved today the addition of a new product from the United Kingdom to the quality register of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). "Lough Neagh Pollan" is a white fish with a bright silver skin caught and processed in Lough Neagh, a lake in Northern Ireland. Lough Neagh is the largest lake in the UK and one of the largest...

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