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Commission launches call for tenders for study on adaptation of the sugar supply chain after the end of sugar quotas

After the end of production quotas, on 30 September 2017, the EU sugar sector found itself in a new market environment, characterised by an unfavourable world market as well as abundant EU sugar availabilities, which created downward pressure on EU prices.   Given this difficult market context, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural…

European Green Deal: Online public consultation on more ambitious EU 2030 climate target

While all the Commission’s immediate political focus is on the task of combating the coronavirus, we are continuing our preparatory work on long-term policy priorities including the European Green Deal.   Therefore, the Commission is launching today an online public consultation on the increase of the EU’s 2030 climate target and on the actions…

EU school scheme: €250 million for fruit, vegetables and milk for the school year 2020/2021

Today, the Commission published the budget for the EU school scheme for the 2020/2021 school year: €145 million is allocated to the distribution of fruit and vegetables and €105 million for the distribution of milk and dairy products to schoolchildren.   During the last school year (2018/2019), this EU scheme ensured that more than 20 million…

Coronavirus: seasonal workers included in new guidelines to ensure free movement of critical workers

This press release is also available in:  DE  |  FR  |  IT  |  ES   The Commission published today new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU that qualify as critical workers in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic can reach their workplace. The food sector is a key sector included in these guidelines, especially…

CAP increases ambition of Member States on the protection of biodiversity, and raises awareness on water issues

Common agricultural policy (CAP) instruments and measures, particularly under rural development, contribute to a higher level of ambition in terms of biodiversity at national level. Regarding water issues, the CAP put it higher on the agenda of Member States by raising awareness through water-related CAP objectives. Those are among the key…