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Latest Agriculture news from the European Union.

EU agrees aid package for Irish beef producers
EU Member States agreed Thursday to make EUR 50 million available to support Irish beef farmers, which can be matched by national funds to reach a maximum of EUR 100 million.

EU increases aid to Europe's beekeeping sector
The European Commission announced Monday it is to provide EUR 120 million to the EU's beekeeping sector over the next three years, in order to support its essential role in agriculture and the environment.

Brussels aims for price transparency in food chain
After bans on unfair trading practices and better producer cooperation, the EU Commission made proposals Wednesday for greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the food chain.

EU launches citizens' initiative to save the bees
The European Commission decided Wednesday to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled ‘Save the bees! Protection of biodiversity and improvement of habitats for insects in Europe'.

Young European farmers get access to EUR 1 bn EU loan package
The EU Commission and European Investment Bank launched a EUR 1 bn loans package Monday targeting specifically young farmers. Nearly a third of young farmers' loan applications were rejected in 2017.

MEPs back plans to reform EU agriculture
MEPs in committee voted Monday and Tuesday on farm policy reform plans including rules for direct payments and rural development and the common market organisation in agricultural products after 2020.

MEPs vote to end daylight saving time from 2021
2021 could be the last year with a seasonal time change in the EU following the European Parliament's vote Tuesday to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn.

Supervision of organic imports needs to be improved: EU auditors
While the control system for organic products in the EU has improved in recent years, action is needed on the supervision of imports as well as on product traceability, says a European Court of Auditors report.

Special report no 04/2019: The control system for organic products has improved, but some challenges remain
Since 1991, the EU has had a control system governing the production, processing, distribution and import of organic products. It aims to give consumers the confidence that organic rules are applied at every stage of the supply chain. The EU organic sector has developed rapidly over recent years. Following up on our Special Report No 9/2012 published in June 2012, we found that the control system had improved. Our recommendations had generally been implemented, but some challenges remained. We make recommendations to address the remaining weaknesses we identified in the Member States for EU products, to improve the supervision of imported organic products through better cooperation as well as to carry out more complete traceability checks.

MEPs vote to end biannual clock change in Europe
The last Sunday in March 2021 could mark the end of seasonal changes of time in the EU, following a vote Monday by the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee to end biannual clock changes.

State aid ceiling for EU farmers raised to EUR 25K
The maximum aid Member States can give to their farmers without need for prior EU approval will rise from EUR 15,000 to EUR 25,000, the Commission announced Friday, to allow greater flexibility, especially in times of crisis.

EU moves to allay public concern over food safety studies
The EU Parliament and the Council reached provisional agreement Monday night on draft rules to ensure the EU risk assessment procedure for food safety is more transparent and independent.

EU proposal on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain
The European Parliament and the EU Council reached a provisional agreement on 11 February on a Commission proposal for a Regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.

MEPs propose to improve EU approval procedure for pesticides
The EU Parliament put forward plans Wednesday to make the EU approval procedure of pesticides more transparent and accountable, including granting the public access to studies used in authorisation.

EU action on animal welfare not living up to promise: auditors
EU action on animal welfare has been successful in important aspects, but weaknesses persist in relation to farm animals, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.

MEPs look to protect farmers against unfair trading practices
New rules to protect farmers against buyers’ unfair trading practices, approved Monday by the EU Parliament's agriculture committee, have been criticised as a witch hunt against retailers and wholesalers.

U.S. now EU's main supplier of soyabeans
The U.S. has become Europe's main supplier of soyabeans, reaching a 52% share compared to 25% in in the same period last year, according to figures published Thursday by the EU Commission.

Brussels moves to end seasonal clock changes in Europe
The EU Commission proposed Wednesday to end seasonal clock changes in Europe in 2019, with Member States free to decide once and for all whether they want to permanently apply summer- or wintertime.

Ending seasonal clock changes - EC proposal
In his 'State of the Union' address to the European Parliament on 12 September, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker put forward proposals to put an end to seasonal clock changes in Europe.

Brussels looks to end clock changes in Europe
The EU Commission intends to put forward proposals for ending daylight saving clock changes in Europe, following preliminary results of a public consultation on clock changes, published on Friday.

Further EU relief for drought-suffering farmers
Practical support for Europe's farming sector, including further flexibility to provide sufficient feed for animals was proposed by the EU Commission Thursday to help farmers hit by this summer's drought.

Drought-hit European farmers get extra EU support
Europe's farmers grappling with extreme drought are receiving payments from the EU in advance and being granted extra flexibility to use land normally not used for production to feed their animals.

EU imports of American soybeans jump 283 pct
Following up on a July agreement between the EU and U.S. president Trump, the European Commission reported Wednesday an increase of 283% in imports of soybeans from the United States.

EU Pollinators Initiative
The European Commission launched on 1 June the first-ever EU initiative to address the rapid decline of wild pollinators Friday, insects such as bees, bumblebees, butterflies and other insects.

EU launches pollinator initiative to save our bees
With one in ten pollinating insects on the verge of extinction, and a third of bee and butterfly species declining, the EU launched Friday its first-ever initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects.