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Mr Phil Hogan, Member of the European Commission and Mr Janis Duklavis, Latvian Minister for Agriculture © EU
11/05/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council discussed the proposal for a regulation on organic farming in view of a general approach, adopted conclusions on the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and adopted the regulation on the landing obligation for fisheries.

Maize being injected with new gene © EU
22/04/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

Today the Commission presents the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed.

From left to right: Mr Karmenu VELLA and Mr Janis DUKLAVS © EU
20/04/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council reached agreement on a general approach for a regulation establishing a multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea.

Tibor Navracsics © EU
13/04/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries / Research and innovation

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU ensuring safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally.

Phil Hogan © EU
26/03/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

The EU milk quota regime comes to an end on March 31, 2015. First introduced in 1984 at a time when EU production far outstripped demand, the quota regime was one of the tools introduced for overcoming these structural surpluses.

Mr Vytenis Pavilas ANDRIUKAITIS, Member of the European Commission and Mr Janis DUKLAVS, Latvian Minister for Agriculture © EU
16/03/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council held a public debate on a proposal on organic farming. Member states took the view that an EU harmonised approach could address the issue of the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products.

Hand injecting maize © EU
13/01/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs.

Vytenis Pavilas Andriukaitis, Maurizio Martina and Phil Hogan © EU
16/12/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

Meeting in Brussels, ministers reached a political agreement on 2015 fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in EU and non-EU waters and in the Black Sea. The Council also discussed agricultural issues, such as agricultural expenditure and young farmers.

Food and bottles in shopping basket © EU
11/12/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling rules, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2011, will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, and help them make informed choices about what they eat.

Karmenu Vella and Marco Peronaci © EU
10/11/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

Meeting in Brussels, agriculture and fisheries ministers also held an exchange of views on the proposed reduction of the CAP budget in 2015 and on young farmers in the framework of the new CAP.

Maria Damanaki © EU
14/10/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

In its fight against illegal fishing activities worldwide, the European Commission has proposed to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from illegal fishing.

Maria Damanaki and Maurizio Martina © EU
13/10/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

Meeting in Luxembourg, EU agriculture ministers reached political agreement on 2015 fishing opportunities for certain Baltic Sea fish stocks. They also discussed the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products.

Dacian Ciolos and Maurizio Martina © EU
05/09/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

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.

Man sorting fruit in warehouse © EU
15/07/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries / Business, taxation and competition

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.

Dacian Ciolos, Maria Damanaki and Maurizio Martina © EU
14/07/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

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.

Tonio Borg © EU
13/06/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

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.

Fishing boat and nets © EU
14/05/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

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

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Maria Damanaki © EU
08/05/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries / Research and innovation

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.

Woman tending to organic plants © EU
25/03/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

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.

18/12/2013 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public 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.

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