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New update of import duties for maize, sorghum and rye

Due to a sharp increase in maize prices on the world market, the import duty for maize, sorghum and rye in the European Union is set again at € zero per tonne as of 3 July 2020.   The revised tariff, published on 3 July 2020 in the Official Journal, is calculated according to EU regulation 642/2010, which explains that the import duty for the…

Agri-food trade strong and stable in the first months of 2020

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak in the opening months of 2020, the EU’s agri-food trade remained strong. The value of agri-food exports from the EU totaled €46.8 billion between January and March (a jump of 6.2% compared to the first quarter of 2019), while the value of imports rose to €31.8 billion (an increase of 2.6%). The trade…

Investment Plan supports small businesses in Poland and farmers in Romania

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group has signed two new financing agreements in Poland and Romania that benefit from the guarantee of the European Fund for Strategic Investments. In Poland the EIB Group is providing financial backing worth €450 million to Santander Bank Polska Group allowing it to lend up to €625 million of funding to…

Recent surge in EU forest harvesting, according to JRC study

The total area of forests 'clear-cut' harvested in the EU in 2016-2018 was 49% higher than in 2011-2015, according to a JRC study published in Nature.   In terms of total biomass harvested (measured in tonnes per hectare), this equates to a 69% increase. The scientists analysed satellite data to detect this abrupt and previously unreported…

7 July, 14:30 - 17:00 | Webinar: a vision for rural Europe

This webinar's aim is to explore the future of rural Europe and how the potential of rural areas can contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous Europe.   *** Event interpretation will be available in EN, FR, DE, ES, RO ****   Event Agenda  14.30 - 15.00 - Opening session ▪️ Welcoming words by Dacian Cioloș, President of Renew Europe ▪️…