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Commission publishes study on geographical indications (GI) and traditional specialities guaranteed (TSG) protected in the EU

The EU framework on geographical indications (GIs) and traditional specialities guaranteed (TSGs) is effective in reaching its objectives and provides a clear EU added value. The GI and TSG schemes are relevant and broadly coherent with other EU and national policies, but there is room for further integration of environmental sustainability and…

Farm to fork strategy: Commission launches consultation on future plan to ensure food supply and food security in times of crisis

The Commission today launched a consultation on an emergency plan to ensure food supply and food security across the EU in times of crisis, as announced in the 'farm to fork' strategy. The purpose of this consultation is to gather comments on the form, nature and scope of the plan. A diversity of actors involved in the food supply chain such as…

EU-China agreement protecting geographical indications enters into force

Today, the EU-China bilateral agreement protecting geographical indications (GIs) in China and the EU entered into force. The agreement protects around 200 iconic European and Chinese agri-food names against imitation and usurpation, bringing mutual trade benefits and introducing consumers to guaranteed, authentic products from two regions with…

Agricultural policy needs to secure stronger environmental improvements for water in Europe

Reducing pressures from agriculture is key to improving the status of Europe’s rivers, lakes, transitional, coastal waters and seas as well as groundwater bodies. A European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment, published today, shows that wider uptake of sustainable agricultural management practices is needed for improving the state of water, as…

Publication of the evaluation study on the CAP’s impact on knowledge exchange and advisory activities

Common agricultural policy (CAP) measures are generally effective, efficient, relevant, coherent and add value with regard to knowledge exchange and fostering advisory activities and innovation in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas. However, there are weaknesses, including a low uptake of measures (reaching about 10% of the…