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Modernising the CAP: satellite data authorised to replace on-farm checks

As part of its ongoing move to simplify and modernise the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the European Commission has adopted new rules that will for the first time expressly allow a range of modern technologies to be used when carrying out checks for area-based CAP payments. This includes the possibility to completely replace physical...

European Commission launches expert group to strengthen EU-Africa partnership in agriculture

The European Commission had its Task Force Rural Africa kick off meeting on 24 May. The expert group on agriculture in Africa will assist the Commission by providing it with expertise, advice and recommendations on reinforcing the EU-Africa partnership in food and farming, aiming to further develop Africa’s agricultural sector and increase job...

New rules for organic farming: Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan

Brussels, 22 May 2018   Today's decision by the Council to adopt the text of the Regulation providing new rules for organic farming clears the final hurdle for the modernisation of the sector and the harmonisation of rules covering organic production both within the European Union and in non-EU countries. Speaking after the Council had approved...

Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

On 22 May the Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products. The new regulation encourages the sustainable development of organic production in the EU and aims at guaranteeing fair competition for farmers and operators, preventing fraud and unfair practices and improving consumer confidence in organic...

Commissioner Hogan leads business delegation to promote EU food and drink in China

Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is continuing his series of business offensives to promote EU food and drink products with a trip to Shanghai, China, from 14-17 May. Commissioner Hogan said: "China is a key trading partner for the EU agri-food sector. There is strong and growing demand among China's increasing...