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Council examines impact of Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products

Dacian Ciolos and Maurizio Martina © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

During an extraordinary meeting at the Council, EU agriculture ministers debated the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products, which includes meat, fish, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.


European Commission to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain Choose translations of the previous link 

Man sorting fruit in warehouse © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food, Business

The European Commission has adopted a communication encouraging Member States to look for ways to improve protection of small food producers and retailers against the unfair practices of their sometimes much stronger trading partners.


Organic farming and 2015 fishing opportunities on the Council agenda

Dacian Ciolos, Maria Damanaki and Maurizio Martina © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

Meeting in Brussels, ministers discussed a proposal to review EU rules on organic production and farming and a communication preparing the ground for new EU fishing quotas for 2015.


School fruit and vegetables scheme and fisheries discard plans on the Council agenda

Tonio Borg and Georgios Karasmanis © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

Minsters looked at agriculture and fisheries issues, including progress on the proposal to revise the school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme, and the preparation of discard plans under the new fisheries rules.


Food Safety: 35 years protecting human and animal healthChoose translations of the previous link 

Tonio Borg © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

Today's annual report covers the reporting period 2013, where a total of 3 205 original notifications were transmitted through the RASFF, of which 596 were classified as an alert, 442 as information for follow-up, 705 as information for attention and 1 462 as border rejection notification.


Council discusses agricultural issues

Tonio Borg and Athanasios Tsaftaris © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

Agriculture ministers discussed a report on minor uses of plant protection products. They also looked at potential solutions to the problem of food waste.


European Commission proposes full ban on driftnets Choose translations of the previous link 

Fishing boat and nets © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

The European Commission wants to prohibit the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing in all EU waters as of 1 January 2015.


EU eyes oceans innovation as source of sustainable growth Choose translations of the previous link 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Maria Damanaki © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food, Science and technology

The Commission has presented an Action Plan for Innovation in the 'Blue Economy' to help use ocean resources sustainably and drive growth and jobs in Europe.


Council discusses conditions in the EU's fruit and vegetable sector

Vegetables © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

Meeting in Luxembourg, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed a report on the fruit and vegetable sector and adopted a number of legislative measures without discussion. 


Organics: Commission proposal for more and better Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman tending to organic plants © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. Consumer and producer concerns are at the heart of this new proposal, which seeks to address shortcomings of the current system.


Council debates renewed measures to promote EU agricultural products

Mr Athanasios Tsaftaris, Mr Dacian Ciolos and Ms. Maria Damanaki © EU


Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed the promotion of agricultural products and labelling of origin for meat products.


Box of vegetables © EU

Council examines promotion of farm products in the EU and beyond


Agriculture, fisheries and food

EU agriculture ministers discussed a draft regulation aimed at reforming the information and promotion policy of EU's agricultural products.


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Commission tables proposals on animal cloning and novel food


Agriculture, fisheries and food, Environment, consumers and health

The European Commission has adopted three draft laws on animal cloning and on novel food which will provide legal certainty in this field. Two proposals will ban the use of the cloning technique in the EU for farm animals1 and the imports of these animal clones.


Dacian Ciolos and Vigilijus Junka © EUpdf

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council


Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Council adopted the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package and transitional CAP measures for 2014 following a first-reading agreement with the European Parliament. Concerning fisheries, the ministers reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities 2014 for certain fish stocks in the Black Sea.


Inspector verifies size of a fish © EU

Green light for new sustainable EU fisheries policy from 2014


Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform package, including measures to halt overfishing and a ban on discarding fish at sea, Parliament's key aims, was approved in a final plenary vote.


Maria Damanaki © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

European Commission intensifies the fight against illegal fishing


Agriculture, fisheries and food

Following a formal warning one year ago, the European Commission intensifies its fight against illegal fishing by identifying Belize, Cambodia and Guinea as non-cooperating third countries.


Dacian CioloĊŸ © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Towards a new European agricultural and agri-food product promotion policy


Agriculture, fisheries and food

This new promotion policy, which benefits from a more substantial budget and will in the future be supported by a European executive agency, is intended to act as key for opening up new markets.


Tractor in a field © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission to recover €180 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States


Agriculture, fisheries and food

A total of €180 million of EU agricultural policy funds, unduly spent by Member States, is being claimed back by the European Commission today under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure.


From left to right: Ms. Maria DAMANAKI, Member of the European Commission; Mr Vigilijus JUKNA, Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture © EUpdf

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council


Agriculture, fisheries and food

As regards agriculture, there was a public debate on the state of play on the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package. Concerning fisheries issues, ministers reached an agreement for a full general approach on a proposal for the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) within the framework of the common fisheries policy (CFP) reform package.


Food and bottles in shopping basket © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Environment: What future for our food system?


The consultation asks stakeholders, citizens, businesses, NGOs and public authorities for ideas on immediate action to reduce food waste and more generally on how to ensure our food system is using resources efficiently.


Cows © EU

EU farm policy after 2014: MEPs, Council and Commission strike a political deal


More emphasis on environmental protection, mandatory top-ups for young farmers in all member states, stronger farmers' organisations and less red tape when spending EU funds. These are the main lines of the agreement on farm policy struck on Wednesday by Parliament, Council and the Commission. Decisions still need to be taken on capping direct payments to bigger farms and distributing funds between farmers.


Tractor in a field © EUpdf

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council


As regards agriculture, the Council held a debate on the outcome of the trilogues on the proposals for the direct payments regulation, the single common market organisation (CMO) regulation, the rural development regulation and the horizontal regulation within the framework of reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP).


Parents with baby and baby’s bottle © EU

New rules for baby food, special diet food and low-calorie food


Rules on the labelling and content of baby milks and foods for special medical purposes will be better defined in order to protect consumers and distinguish more clearly between foods for normal consumption and foods for specific groups under legislation.