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Person eating salad with fork © EU
15/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Food, farming and fisheries

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, were adopted by Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.

06/03/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries
Phil Hogan © EU
27/02/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries / Business, taxation and competition

Trade agreements can help increase sales and support jobs in the EU agri-food sector, a new study shows. 

A tractor in a field and wind turbines © EU
02/02/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

The European Commission today launched the first phase of the modernisation and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the opening of a three-month public consultation.

Phil Hogan et Roderick Galdes © UE
24/01/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council was updated on the latest developments in the main agricultural markets and discussed the findings of the second report on the implementation of the so-called Milk package, as well as those of the EU Sheep meat forum. 

13/12/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries
Phil Hogan and Gabriela Matecna © EU
15/11/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council reached a political agreement on the fishing opportunities for deep sea stocks for 2017 and 2018. Ministers were briefed by the Commission on the results of the work of the agricultural markets task force and its final recommendations. 

Karmenu Vella © EU
10/11/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

The global ocean economy is estimated at €1.3 trillion. Climate change, poverty and food security are some of the global challenges that can be effectively addressed, if oceans are better protected and sustainably managed.

26/10/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health
Frau, die sich über biologisch angebaute Pflanzen beugt © EU
18/10/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / EU regional and urban development / Research and innovation

The Commission has presented a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area - PRIMA. The first partnership of its kind in the Mediterranean basin aims to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production.

Mr Karmenu Vella and Ms Gabriela Matecna © EU
11/10/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council reached a political agreement on the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2017. Ministers also exchanged views on the annual consultations between the EU and Norway in the framework of their bilateral fisheries agreement. 

28/06/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries
15/06/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation
14/06/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / EU regional and urban development
Ships and symbol of a compass © EU
05/04/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / EU regional and urban development / Transport and travel

The money is available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and divided in calls for proposal focusing on the key areas where the European Union can have the biggest impact: skills, creativity and technology.

Sign showing seaweed used as fertiliser in field © EU
17/03/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission presents first deliverable of Circular Economy Package with new rules on organic and waste-based fertilisers in the EU.

Phil Hogan and Martijn Van Dam © EU
14/03/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries

Ministers discussed the current difficulties faced in several agricultural sectors, including the pig meat, dairy and fruit and vegetables sectors. The Council and the Commission agreed to take decisive actions without delay by supplementing the existing anti-crisis aid package to European farmers with a set of additional measures.

Pigs being transported by truck © EU
08/03/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015, were endorsed by Parliament.

A tractor on a field © EU
15/02/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Presidency presented its work programme and priorities in the areas of agriculture and fisheries. The main priority is the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

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