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The European Commission presents options for simplification to reduce the burden for EU farmers

Today, the European Commission sent a paper to the Belgian Presidency outlining first possible actions to help reduce the administrative burden weighing on farmers' shoulders. The document, which will be discussed with Member States in the agricultural Council of 26 February, lists a range of short- and mid-term actions that can be taken to…

Background brief - Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 26 February 2024

Agriculture Need for both rapid and structural responses to the current crisis situation in the agricultural sector Against the backdrop of the current farmers' protests and based on information from the Belgian presidency and the European Commission, the Council will discuss the current crisis and challenges in the agricultural sector, with the…

“Campo de Calatrava” from Spain has been registered as protected designation of origin (PDO)

The European Commission today added “Campo de Calatrava” wines to the register of protected designations of origin (PDO). Wine growers in Campo de Calatrava cultivate a wide range of varieties, such as wines, quality sparkling wines and wines from overripe grapes. The wines of “Campo de Calatrava” present a wide range of aromas, favored by the…

EU wins WTO compliance action against US in ripe olives dispute

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has today confirmed that the EU was right to challenge the US for not complying with a ruling relating to ripe olives from Spain. Today's WTO panel report presents again a clear and full win for the EU. It confirms that the US failed to implement the recommendations of the original panel, namely the finding that…

Commission welcomes political agreement on EU-wide certification scheme for carbon removals

The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the first EU-wide voluntary framework for the certification of high-quality carbon removals. This certification framework will boost innovative carbon removal technologies and carbon farming which contribute to the EU's climate, environmental and…