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Publication of latest agri-food trade figures: EU agri food exports remain strong

The latest monthly agri-food trade report shows that EU exports remain strong, with €11.2 billion recorded in May 2018. With imports that same month worth €10 billion, EU trade registered a surplus of €1.2 billion.     This represents an increase of 23% compared with May 2017. Exports of spirits and vegetable oils recorded notable increases...

Common Agricultural Policy post-2020: Simplification and modernisation

A new way of working The European Commission proposes a more flexible system, simplifying and modernising the way the CAP works for farmers and society at large. The policy will shift the emphasis from compliance and rules towards results and performance. Through CAP strategic plans, countries will set out how they intend to meet the 9 EU-wide...

EU-Japan Summit: a landmark moment for trade and cooperation

The 25th EU-Japan Summit took place on 17 July in Tokyo. At the summit, leaders signed two landmark agreements, the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement, which will significantly boost bilateral relations. Interested in the opportunities of the #EUJapan trade deal for your country or home town? Check out the new...

Main results - Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 16 July

The AgriFish Council was informed about the Austrian presidency work programme and had an exchange of views on simplification, subsidiarity and conditionality in the context of the post 2020 CAP reform. The Council was also informed about drought in Poland, African swine fever and developments in the FAO. The presidency presented its work...

Commission agrees to drop crop diversification and ecological focus areas requirements due to adverse climate conditions

The non-production requisite on land lying fallow for farmers under crop diversification and/ or ecological focus area requirements have been lifted in eight EU member states for 2018. A severe drought significantly affected agricultural activities, especially in relation to animal feed resources, in those countries. The European Commission has...

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