EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

Member states are currently drawing up a list of sensitive agricultural products that they want exempted from tariff-removal plans under the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has said.

UK could face short-term agricultural ‘depression’ post-Brexit

The recession currently gripping UK agriculture “could turn into a depression” in the immediate aftermath of a vote to leave the EU later this year, a leading agriculture economist warned today.

CAP P2 environment spending down, many measures weak - NGOs

One billion euros less will be spent on environment-focused action under CAP rural development programmes in 2014-20 compared to 2007-13, and some measures are “very poor” or not targeted, two environmental NGO...

EU wheat prices plumb new lows to buy demand

European wheat markets led a weaker trend in the crop futures complex last week as exporters here bid low for big orders from the heavily contested MENA region - with some success.

Japan lifts 15-year ban on imports of Danish beef

Japan has lifted a fifteen year ban on beef imports from Denmark – a move the European Commission says should encourage the 23 other member states still shut out of the Japanese market.

Risk management tools could have 'major role' to play in future CAP

The CAP may need to adjust away from direct payments towards financial instruments specifically geared to countering market volatility and the impacts of climate change.

Ireland moves forward with Producer Organisations for beef

Ireland has adopted new legislation that for the first time recognises Producer Organisations (POs) in the beef sector – a move the agriculture minist...

Copa-Cogeca predicts another bumper EU grains crop

The EU is on course for another bumper grains harvest in 2016/17 with total area and yields expected to improve compared with the current crop year.

Customs Union to raise raw sugar import duty

The raw sugar import duty charged by the customs union comprising Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus will rise to US$240 a tonne in March 2016 from $203 i...

CAP P2 financial instruments ‘coaching’ scheme begins

The European Commission has launched the pilot phase of a scheme to advise member state authorities on how best to use financial instrument (FI) possi...

TTIP ‘investor court’ plan rejected by German judges

Germany’s magistrates association has rejected a European Commission proposal for an ‘investor court system’ for the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Inv...

Agra Europe's top ten most read articles in January

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in January, 2016.

23% of 2015 CAP subsidies in England still not paid

Nearly a quarter of English CAP direct payment recipients have not yet received their 2015 subsidy, a figure labelled by the country’s National Farmer...

Five things you need to know this week... February 5

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in the past seven days.

Analysis: Why is China closing in on Western crop protection majors?

China’s state-owned ChemChina has made a US$43 billion bid for Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta, which would be the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese firm.

Five things you need to know this week... February 5

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in the past seven days.

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EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (February 8-12)

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will begin the first of a series of “diplomatic offensives” of 2016, seeking to open up more export opportunities for EU products, when he visits Colombia and Me...

Agra Europe's CAP Monitor: Updates and new features

CAP Monitor, Agra Europe’s comprehensive guide to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), has been updated to integrate EU agriculture policy developments in late 2015 and early 2016.

‘Mixed predictions’ for 2016 cereal crops, on account of El Niño – UN

Predictions for the 2016 cereal crop harvests are mixed, in large part on account of prevailing weather patterns associated with El Niño, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, the UN Food and Agricul...

Pirbright claims breakthrough in avian flu research

UK researchers say their research into the long-standing avian influenza virus H9N2, which is the genesis of many other avian flu viruses, could provide new and much improved vaccines for the disease.

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