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Help for Europe's farmers - EUbusiness Week newsletter 721


22-10-2015

EUbusiness Week 721 top stories: Juncker calls EU-Balkans mini summit on refugees; Irish court orders probe into Facebook data transfers; Starbucks, Fiat ordered to pay huge EU back taxes; EU takes six countries to court over bank bailout scheme; Eurozone bank sector on mend, ECB survey shows; EU, Internet firms to launch anti-extremism forum

Publisher's Note

No great outpouring of support for Europe's farmers last month, when nearly 5,000 of them spent the day in Brussels protesting about falling dairy and meat prices. Yet they are under pressure, from a Russian ban on EU food imports, lower demand from China, and over-supply on the domestic market.

A EUR 500m Commission package to support dairy farmers will be of some help. But key issues are how the sector can handle and adapt to price volatility, what safety nets are in place, and how the industry can move itself up the value chain, and diversify its trading partners.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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