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Getting to know EU’s regions: the European Commission launches the rural observatory

Are you searching for the population density, the average distance to healthcare facilities or the broadband speed in any rural area, municipality, or region in the European Union? It is now possible thanks to the newly launched rural observatory.   Set up by the European Commission, the new rural observatory provides users with a wealth of…

Background brief - Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 30 January 2023

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held on Monday 30 January in Brussels, starting at 10.00 am. The session will be chaired by the Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs, Peter Kullgren.   The European Commission will be represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety,…

Eurostat | Ukraine & Russia: source of 1/3 of EU cereal imports

Since the start of Russia’s invasion of the whole of Ukraine in February 2022, there have been concerns over a global food crisis. These were primarily linked to product shortages and the blockade of Black Sea ports, which hindered Ukraine from exporting agricultural goods (mostly wheat). In July 2022 an agreement was reached allowing ships to…

Food security and ecosystem resilience: Commission boosts action on pollinators

Today, the Commission is presenting 'A New Deal for Pollinators' to tackle the alarming decline in wild pollinating insects in Europe, revising the 2018 EU Pollinators Initiative. Citizens have been increasingly calling for decisive action against pollinator loss, also through the recent successful European Citizens' Initiative ‘Save Bees and…

Commissioner Wojciechowski in Berlin to participate in the International Green Week and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski is in Berlin today until 21 January to participate in the international trade fair for food, agriculture and horticulture, known as the International Green Week, and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), a leading international conference on key issues for the future of the global…