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Latest Agriculture news from the European Union.

Modelling environmental and climate ambition in the agricultural sector with the CAPRI model
During the last 30 years, the Common Agricultural Policy has increased the importance given to improving the environmental and climate performance of the European agriculture, as confirmed by the Future CAP proposal. Furthermore, the Green Deal strategy outlined a comprehensive approach to facilitate the transition towards sustainable food systems that links in a holistic approach all actors in the system, a path sketched out in the Farm to Fork (F2F) and Biodiversity (BDS) Strategies. Reflecting this ambition, this report was a contribution to the 2030 Climate Target Plan impact assessment, based on one of the main models used by the European Commission for agricultural policy analysis (the CAPRI model), which can incorporate some of the policies put forward for accelerating the transition towards sustainable food systems.

Commission acts against 12 EU states over unfair trading practices
The European Commission opened infringement procedures Tuesday against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector.

EU code to promote sustainable food system
65 companies and associations signed a new EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business Monday, with a view to increasing the availability and affordability of healthy and sustainable food options.

EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices
The European Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices on 5 July. The Code is an essential part of the EU's efforts to increase the availability and affordability of healthy and sustainable food options that help reduce our overall environmental footprint.

EU looks to phase out cages for farm animals
The EU Commission responded positively Wednesday to a European citizens' petition to 'End the Cage Age' with plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

Proposal to phase out cages for farm animals
The European Commission decided on 30 June to positively respond to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) 'End the Cage Age'. In its reply, the Commission set out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

EU institutions strike provisional deal for reform of the CAP
Negotiators from the European Parliament and the EU Council reached an informal political agreement Friday on three EU laws that will govern EU farm policy and the CAP for the years 2023 to 2027.

CAP spending not helping to reduce EU farm emissions: report
EU agricultural funding destined for climate action has not contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farming, according to a special report published Tuesday by the European Court of Auditors.

Actions to boost organic production - guide
The European Commission presented on 25 March an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, as well as to increase organic aquaculture significantly.

Brussels presents plan to boost organic farming
A new plan to boost the production and consumption of organic products, presented Thursday by the EU Commission, aims to reach 25 per cent of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030.

EU agrees farm quotas with US post-Brexit
The European Union and the United States concluded negotiations Monday to adjust the European Union's World Trade Organization (WTO) agricultural quotas, following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

New strategy to prepare EU for impact of climate change
The European Commission adopted Wednesday a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out a pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Brussels consults on new EU Soil Strategy
The EU Commission launched a public consultation on a new EU soil strategy Tuesday, the last of a set of consultations on different ecosystems which forms part of the EU's biodiversity strategy.

Wine and food boost for EU-Japan trade deal on 2nd anniversary
The EU hailed the success of the EU-Japan trade deal on its second anniversary Monday, as it agreed a number of improvements to the agreement in the area of protected foods, wine and vehicle trade.

Cumulative economic impact of trade agreements on EU agriculture
The EU trade agenda is set to have an overall positive impact on the EU economy and the agri-food sector, according to a new study published today. Trade agreements are due to result in substantial increases in EU agri-food exports, with more limited increases in imports, creating a positive trade balance overall. The study also confirms that the EU's approach to grant a limited amount of lower duty imports (through tariff rate quotas) is the best approach in terms of protecting specific vulnerable agri-food sectors in the EU.

Brussels sets out recommendations for sustainable farming
The EU Commission published recommendations Friday for each EU Member State to assist in the drafting of their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) strategic plans, accompanied by a Communication.

Eco-schemes feature in EU's greener common farm policy
Farmers will be afforded flexibility on the way to higher environmental standards in farming in the post-2020 common agricultural policy reform package agreed provisionally by EU ministers Wednesday.

'Farm to fork' strategy commits EU to sustainable agri-food sector
The EU Council adopted Monday a set of conclusions on a 'farm to fork' strategy, endorsing the goal of developing a European sustainable food system, from production to consumption.

EU Methane Strategy
The European Commission presented on 14 October an EU strategy to reduce methane emissions.

EU signs geographical indications deal with China
The EU and China signed a bilateral agreement Monday to protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against usurpation and imitation.

EU extends current CAP rules until end 2022
EU farm ministers reached provisional agreement with the European Parliament Wednesday on continuing farming support under the current legal framework until the new CAP enters into force end 2022.

CAP not halting biodiversity loss in farming: EU auditors
The common agricultural policy has not been effective in reversing a decades-long decline in biodiversity and intensive farming remains a main cause of biodiversity loss, an EU auditors report said Friday.

EU budget: the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy
To help repair the economic and social damage brought by the coronavirus pandemic, kick-start European recovery, and protect and create jobs, the European Commission presented on 27 May 2020 a major recovery plan for Europe based on harnessing the full potential of the EU budget. This proposal includes a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, within a revamped long-term EU budget. In this context, the Commission is proposing to reinforce the funds available to support farmers and rural areas as well as the fisheries sector in recovering and delivering the European Green Deal and in particular the new Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.

EU unveils green makeover for food and farming
The European Commission took steps towards sustainable biodiversity, food and farming policies Wednesday, as it published its long-awaited 'farm to fork' policy roadmaps for the next 10 years.

Euro-MPs give green light to increased water reuse
With a view to preventing water shortages in the EU, Euro-MPs approved Wednesday the Water Reuse Regulation, which defines for the first time minimum requirements at European level for reclaimed water.