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Putin cheese: EU farmers to get 'targeted' compensation

05.09.14 @ 20:28

European farmers hit by a Russian embargo on fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat are likely to tap a €400 million EU emergency fund from October on. Speaking after a snap meeting of agriculture ministers in Brussels on ...

AnalysisCan Europe afford a Russia trade war?

22.08.14 @ 09:23

“We’ve known for more than 100 years that protectionism and trade barriers are very bad for your economy”. So says Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, a trade lawyer and director of the European Centre for International Political ...

EU prepares compensation for farmers hit by Russia sanctions

11.08.14 @ 18:20

EU officials will this week draw up a plan to compensate farmers if they are hit by Russia’s ban on food exports. Agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos cut short his summer holiday to set up an expert panel last Friday ...

EU and US warn Russia against 'humanitarian' invasion of Ukraine

11.08.14 @ 09:29

EU and US leaders have warned Russia that more sanctions will follow if it “invades” Ukraine in the name of “humanitarian” aid. US president Barack Obama issued the threat on Saturday (9 August) following phone calls ...

Russia threatens to go beyond EU food ban in sanctions war

08.08.14 @ 09:28

The Russian government may expand its economic sanctions against the west, as its diplomatic stand-off over the Ukraine crisis intensifies. At a meeting of Vladimir Putin’s ministers on Thursday (7 August), prime ...

EU ban on 'king of mangoes' causes stir in India

08.05.14 @ 09:30

A health and safety measure quietly imposed by EU officials to protect the bloc's crops is to deprive Europeans of access to India's "king of mangoes". The EU's 18 month mango ban, which began on 1 May and will last ...

EU to change resource-wasting economic model

28.04.14 @ 09:20

The European Commission is working on policy solutions it says are needed to better address the consequences of a rising population, excessive consumption, and dwindling resources. Speaking to reporters in Hannover in ...

OpinionFrankenpolitics: The Left's defence of GMOs

09.01.14 @ 08:50

The global movement against genetic modification, it is fair to say, does in general spring from the green-left side of the political spectrum, but is anti-GM campaigning actually that left-wing? In May last year, UK ...

EU commission passes the buck on GM maize

07.11.13 @ 09:11

The European Commission says it will be up to member states to decide whether to cultivate a genetically modified (GM) crop known as Pioneer 1507 maize. The announcement, made in Brussels by EU commissioner for health ...

Bulgarian land sale ban risks EU sanction

24.10.13 @ 09:25

Bulgaria’s ultra-nationalist party Ataka has convinced more moderate Bulgarian legislators to extend a ban on the sale of land to foreigners in contravention of EU rules. The moratorium bans the sale of agricultural ...

EU hails 'landmark' Canada trade deal

18.10.13 @ 19:01

EU and Canadian leaders have signed up to a trade agreement worth over €25 billion per year, in a deal seen by Brussels as the forerunner to a successful trade accord with the US. European Commission President Jose ...

AgendaBrussels to focus on social justice this WEEK

27.09.13 @ 17:32

EU ministers will meet on Monday (30 September) in a general affairs Council to discuss ongoing negotiations with MEPs on the shape of the bloc's Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020. The two main sticking points are plans for ...

EU agrees agriculture policy reform

27.06.13 @ 10:12

EU member states and the European Parliament on Wednesday (26 June) agreed major changes to the bloc's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The deal will determine how the €50 billion a year pot is divided among countries ...

AgendaYouth unemployment tops EU agenda this WEEK

21.06.13 @ 18:15

EU leaders will gather in Brussels at the end of the week to discuss both youth employment as well as further steps towards banking union. With 26 million people without a job in the EU, and unemployment among young ...

MEPs blame governments for impasse on farm policy reform

04.06.13 @ 18:21

Governments are putting at risk plans to reform the EU's common agriculture policy (CAP) by refusing to budget in negotiations, the European Parliament said Tuesday (4 June). Italian Socialist deputy Paolo De Castro, ...

Seed industry to benefit from new EU regulation, NGO says

06.05.13 @ 19:13

The European Commission on Monday (6 May) tabled an extensive package covering plant and animal health it says will strengthen standards for the whole food chain, but others call it a victory for the seed industry. EU ...

AgendaTalking about monetary union and Cyprus this WEEK

03.05.13 @ 16:58

Senior EU politicians will gather for a conference in Brussels Tuesday on how to reach economic and monetary union (EMU) amid strong divisions between member states about the speed and order of the successive steps. The ...

EU to ban bee-killing pesticides

29.04.13 @ 17:50

The European Commission will push ahead with its original plan to place a two-year ban on pesticides thought to kill bees. Tonio Borg, the EU commissioner for health, pledged in Brussels on Monday (29 April) “to do my ...

EU ministers hail 'watershed' agreement on farm policy

20.03.13 @ 09:41

European agricultural ministers reached an agreement on Tuesday (19 March) to overhaul the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP). Ireland’s Simon Coveney, who chaired the two-day marathon talks that ended late Tuesday ...

Ban on bee-killing pesticides postponed

15.03.13 @ 18:25

A ban on bee-killing pesticides was postponed on Friday (15 March) when member state experts failed to agree on a binding decision to end their use. “The text was not adopted and now we’ll have to reflect on what to do ...

Parliament divided after MEPs water down CAP reform

14.03.13 @ 09:27

MEPs have voted to water down measures aimed at linking farm subsidies to environmental protection as part of reforms to the EU's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). During a marathon, two-hour voting session in Strasbourg ...

EU horsemeat affair prompts DNA testing

14.02.13 @ 09:29

The European Commission is urging member states to intensify DNA tests on meat products to see how much horsemeat there is in EU "beef." “The tests will be on DNA in meat products in all member states,” health ...

MEPs can unpick EU farm subsidies deal

11.02.13 @ 20:09

Agreement on EU farm subsidies remains far from clear, after the European Commission Monday (11 February) said that the European Parliament could unpick the deal reached last week at the EU budget summit. Leaders went ...

AgendaEU budget talks to dominate this WEEK

01.02.13 @ 16:45

EU leaders gather in Brussels at the end of the week (4-10 February) for a second attempt to agree the bloc's budget framework for 2014-2020. At stake is how to spend the around 1 trillion euro over the seven year ...

OpinionAn EU budget for recovery and Europe’s citizens

30.01.13 @ 08:24

Europe is at a critical juncture, both economically and politically. Governments at all levels continue to feel the squeeze on public resources. The next long term budget for the EU must reflect this by directing EU ...

MEPs flex muscles over EU farm aid reform

24.01.13 @ 09:36

MEPs are set to back increased spending on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as parliament flexes legislative muscles acquired under the Lisbon treaty. Speaking after a first round of voting on Wednesday (23 January ...

AgendaJuncker bows out as Eurogroup chief this WEEK

18.01.13 @ 19:18

Jean Claude Juncker is to bow out as President of the Eurogroup this week when the 17 eurozone finance ministers gather in Brussels for their first meeting of 2013. Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem who already ...

Second day of milk protests in EU capital

27.11.12 @ 09:27

EU officials trying to get to work on Tuesday (27 November) faced a second day of problems as hundreds of tractors blocked main roads to the institutions. The protest - organised by the European Milk Board (EMB), a ...

VideoFarmers douse EU quarter with 1,000s of litres of milk

26.11.12 @ 19:50

Dairy farmers from all over the EU descended on Brussels Monday to protest low milk prices and the planned liberalisation of the sector in 2015. The movement - dubbed "1,000 tractors to Brussels" - saw hundreds of ...

Hundreds of thousands more jobs to go, EU warns

07.11.12 @ 19:30

About 730,000 more people will lose their jobs in the EU before the economic crisis starts to ease off, the European Commission said on Wednesday (7 November). The grim outlook, part of the commission's regular economic ...

OpinionEU has solutions to food crises in its grasp

17.10.12 @ 09:58

Tuesday's (16 October) World Food Day took place against the backdrop of a looming food crisis - the third in five years. Agriculture chiefs meeting in Rome this week must see that repeated food crises are no ...

Commission wants more EU farm aid transparency

25.09.12 @ 17:50

The European Commission adopted rules on Tuesday (25 September) to increase transparency on farmers who receive billions in EU subsidies every year. "We not only have to reform the CAP [common agricultural policy] to ...

EU to limit controversial biofuels from 2020

17.09.12 @ 09:21

Energy ministers meeting in Cyprus on Monday (17 September) are having a first debate on EU commission plans to cap biofuels made from food crops from 2020 in a bid to limit their impact on soaring food prices. ...

Global maize price hike impacting EU livestock

14.08.12 @ 17:49

The United Nation's agency for Food and Agriculture (FAO) says the recent spike in the price of maize and soja is causing problems for the EU's animal feed sector. "We already see that the prices of the feed sector is ...

EU takes aim at Israeli settler products

15.05.12 @ 09:22

EU foreign ministers have "warned" Israel they will take a tougher approach to exports originating in illegal settlements on Palestinian land. The ministers in a statement on Monday (14 May) detailing Israel's long-term ...

'Heroin drought' in Europe due to fall in Afghan production

15.11.11 @ 18:33

Europe has been hit by a ‘heroin drought’, according to the latest EU report on drug use. The streets of Europe, in particular those in the UK and Ireland, have seen a sharp disruption in the supply of the opiate in the ...

EU to cut food aid for the poor

21.10.11 @ 09:20

Six member states on Thursday (20 October) blocked the renewal of a €500 million EU food aid scheme, cutting it by three quarters from 1 January. Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden ...

Brussels fires first shot in overhaul of EU farm policy

12.10.11 @ 18:12

The European Commission on Wednesday published keenly awaited proposals to overhaul its farm policy from 2014, capping payments to single farms and obliging the EU's 12 million landowners to become greener. Under the ...

AgendaThis WEEK in the European Union

07.10.11 @ 18:02

The dynamic duo at the heart of European power, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, are to meet once again on Sunday in Berlin and thrash out their substantial differences over how to respond to the ...

VideoDoubts hang over Belgium's 'eco-cheques' scheme

27.09.11 @ 17:38

Certain Belgian employees receive up to €250 worth a year in eco-cheques. They are designed to promote ecological buying by enticing people to buy bio products. They are also a way for employers to survive the ...

Billions in EU aid spent on ill-defined green projects, say auditors

19.09.11 @ 17:50

More than a third of EU agro-environmental aid is given to farms that have no ecological problems on site or within a 10-km range, a study carried out by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) shows. "The current policy ...

AgendaThis WEEK in the European Union

16.09.11 @ 20:31

The coming week will see all eyes once again focussed sharply on the rapidly metastasising eurozone crisis, although little official is programmed. According to EU officials everything is “still fluid”. Greece is fast ...

FocusFood chain complexities raise questions about the way Europeans eat

13.09.11 @ 13:30

The relationship between Europeans and their food is growing in complexity, governed by cultural, social and economic factors and influenced ever more by unpredictable weather patterns and the rising middle class in ...

FocusSouth Africa is the most European of 'new world' wine makers

13.09.11 @ 13:22

Red soil, breezy air, steep mountains and an all-embracing sun. It's still the end of winter in the wine-making region around Cape Town, so work in the vineyards is yet to begin. But inside the caves, barrels are being ...

MEPs back free trade with Palestinian territories

01.09.11 @ 09:14

Eurodeputies in a key parliamentary committee have unanimously backed giving duty-free access to Palestinian goods. Voting 27-0 in the international trade committee on Wednesday, MEPs backed a pending agreement between ...