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European decision-makers and local and regional governments call for European policies to give greater support to rural areas

Against the backdrop of ongoing discussions about the EU's next financial framework, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), members of the European Parliament and the International Association Rurality-Environment-Development (RED) met at a conference in Brussels on 12 November to talk about the specific needs of rural areas post-2020. They…

EU invests €240 million for nature, environment and climate action

This autumn more than 120 new projects will be funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, helping Europe shift to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. Approximately €240 million will go to projects in the fields of nature and biodiversity, environment and resource efficiency, and climate action, mobilising…

Background brief - Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 18 November 2019

The Council session will be chaired by Minister Jari Leppä, minister for Agriculture and Forestry of Finland. The meeting will start at 10.00with the adoption of A items, and continue with a first exchange of views on the Common Agricultural Policy(CAP)Reform Package. The Council will focusin particular on the environmental and climate-related…

Commission publishes updated EU feed protein supply

The drought observed in 2018 in Europe had a significant impact on the overall feed supply for 2018/19. The level of EU self-sufficiency and total feed supply decreased compared to the previous years. The self-sufficiency dropped from 80% to 77%, with a lower availability of roughage, partly replaced by higher maize imports. The total feed supply…

A 2020 action plan for Geographical Indications in Africa

On 9 November 2019, significant progress was made towards the establishment of African Geographical Indications (GIs). The Consultative Committee for the Continental strategy for Geographical Indications in Africa set an action plan for 2020, reaffirming their commitment to the development of GIs in Africa. Since its creation, the Committee has…