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EFSA | Avian influenza: unprecedented number of summer cases in Europe

An unprecedented number of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus detections were reported in wild and domestic birds from June to September in Europe, according to the latest overview by EFSA, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the EU reference laboratory. In previous years, no cases or only a few cases were…

EU agri-food trade remains stable

EU agri-food trade reached a total value of €34 billion in June 2022, a decrease of 2.6% month-to-month and an increase of 24% compared to June of last year. Exports grew marginally to €19.5 billion (+1% month-to-month), while imports were valued at €14.5 billion, 7% lower than May. Compared to June 2021, these figures reflect an increase of 19.5…

The Commission approves new geographical indication from Slovakia

Today, the Commission approved a new Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) from Slovakia, ‘Bardejovský Med/Med z Bardejova’ honey produced in the Čergov massif, a mountain group covered by mixed forests, composed mainly of beech, fir trees, spruce and tilleuls.   The Carniolian mellifère bee has been reared for a long time in this area, which is…

REPowerEU: Commission and industry leaders launch Biomethane Industrial Partnership

Yesterday, the Commission launched an Industrial Partnership for Biomethane (GDP) in cooperation with industry leaders at the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels, committing to the green energy transition.   Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Simson took part in the inauguration, together with Harmen Dekker, Managing…

The Food for Europe podcast | Rural Pact: acting for the diverse rural areas of Europe

Much of the responsibility for the Rural Pact’s coordination and networking lies with the European Commission, but the inputs of national, regional and local governments are vital. The Rural Pact also encourages a diverse range of stakeholders including businesses, foundations and research institutes to act for – and with – rural areas to reach…

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