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Agriculture News Digest

No. 200 - 30 October 2009Agriculture on Europa

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Agricultural and food prices

Commission proposes concrete actions to improve functioning of the food supply chain in the EU

28/10/2009 Also available in:

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The Commission has agreed a Communication that aims to improve the functioning of the food supply chain in Europe.

The recent sharp decline in agricultural commodity prices alongside persistently high consumer food prices has raised concerns on the efficiency of this crucial sector of the European economy. Improving commercial relationships between actors of the chain will be a significant step towards a more efficient food supply chain ultimately benefiting all actors of the chain and consumers alike.

 

 

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Milk and milk products

Milk: Commission temporarily allows Member States to pay farmers up to EUR 15,000 in state aid

28/10/2009 Also available in:

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The European Commission today agreed to allow Member States to pay farmers a one-off payment of up to EUR 15,000 in state aid. The move forms part of the Commission's ongoing efforts to stabilise incomes for dairy farmers, but is of course open to farmers in all sectors. The decision amends the Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission in January 2009, which already provides for various aid possibilities to facilitate access to finance for EU undertakings. With today's Commission decision a separate compatible limited amount of aid of EUR 15,000 for farmers is included into the Framework. This amount can be granted once per undertaking until the end of 2010. Any de-minimis aid already received since the beginning of 2008 has to be deducted from this amount. Aid schemes put in place under this new instrument will have to be open to all primary producers and will have to complement other general crisis measures already put in place by a Member State. The idea of allowing farmers state aid of up to EUR 15,000 formed part of the Commission's Communication on the milk sector of 22 July 2009.

Questions and answers on the Commission's amendment of the Temporary Crisis Framework [pdf]

 

 

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Rural Development policy 2007-2013: Country files

Rural development: first wave of approvals of national/regional proposals for using funding from CAP Health Check and European Economic Recovery Plan

22/10/2009 Also available in:

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The Rural Development Committee approved a first wave of proposals from Member States/regions for using fresh European Union funding for rural development. The Member States/regions in question have proposed amendments to their Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) to make use of extra funding provided by the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy and the European Economic Recovery Plan (EERP), agreed in November 2008. The extra funding in question totals EUR 4.4 billion for the EU as a whole and must be spent through RDPs in the period 2009 to 2013. Member States/regions choose the priorities on which to spend their funding from a list which includes climate change, restructuring of the dairy sector and broadband for rural areas.

 

 

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Milk and milk products

Dairy crisis: EU extends intervention period for butter and skimmed milk powder

20/10/2009

European Union agriculture ministers yesterday approved the Commission's proposal to extend the period for buying butter and skimmed milk powder into public intervention storage. This forms the latest part of the Commission's ongoing efforts to stabilise milk prices for dairy farmers.

 

Normally, intervention buying is limited to 30,000 tonnes of butter and 109,000 tonnes of SMP and is only open between 1 March and 31 August each year. The Commission has already bought butter and SMP well beyond these limits (so far, 83,000 tonnes of butter and 283,000 tonnes of SMP).

 

Now the Council agreed to extend the period for intervention until the end of February 2010 when the new intervention period begins. Purchases beyond the normal limits are carried out through a tendering procedure.

 

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European School Milk Scheme

School Milk Scheme: Extension of products eligible

15/10/2009

 

To make the School Milk Scheme more attractive, the Commission has extended the range of dairy products eligible for aid. To achieve this, the minimum milk content for fermented products with fruit has been reduced from 80% to 75%, which makes it possible to add more of other products. The same provision was extended to non-fermented milk products. These changes will allow products like fruit yoghurts and milk drinks with fruit juice to fall under the scope of the scheme. The changes are part of the series of measures proposed in July to help stabilise the dairy market. In July 2008, the School Milk Scheme was already adapted, making it simpler, extending it to secondary schools and increasing the product coverage.

 

 

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Milk and milk products

Five Member States face levies worth EUR 99 million for exceeding milk quota

15/10/2009 Also available in:

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Levies for Member States which exceeded their milk quotas come to just over EUR 99 million for the 2008/2009 marketing year, according to a provisional calculation by the European Commission, based on Member States' annual declarations. Last year the total levy amounted to EUR 340 million. Five Member States (Austria, Cyprus, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands) exceeded their deliveries quotas. Altogether these account for an overrun of 348,400 tonnes, resulting in a levy of EUR 97 million. Italy exceeded its deliveries quota by 1.5%, the Netherlands exceeded by 1.4% and Austria by 1.2%. For quotas for direct sales to consumers, Italy and the Netherlands reported overruns totalling 7,500 tonnes, resulting in a levy on direct sales of EUR 2.1 million. Total EU milk production in the 2008/2009 quota year (April-March) was 4.2 percent below quota.

 

 

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Milk and milk products

First meeting of High Level Group looks at contractual relations and bargaining power in the dairy sector

14/10/2009 Also available in:

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The High Level Experts' Group on Milk met for the first time in Brussels on Tuesday 13 October, holding constructive discussions on contractual relations and bargaining power in the dairy market. The HLG was established by the European Commission to look into the medium and long-term future of the dairy sector, particularly in view of the phase-out of milk quotas, which will be concluded in April 2015. Its work runs in parallel to the measures the Commission is introducing to stabilise the dairy market in the short term. The HLG is chaired by Jean-Luc Demarty, the Commission's Director-General for Agriculture and Rural Development and Member States are represented by senior officials. Further meetings are scheduled to take place once a month, and the HLG will issue its final report by the end of June 2010.

 

 

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Milk and milk products

Commission adopts latest proposals to support dairy farmers

09/10/2009 Also available in:

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The European Commission today proposed two changes to the rules governing the dairy sector as part of its continuing efforts to stabilise the milk market. Firstly, and as announced last month by Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, it is proposed that the dairy sector should in future be covered by a disturbance clause which already exists for other farm sectors, to allow a quicker response to future market disturbances. Secondly, for the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 quota years, changes to the operation of quota buying-up schemes by Member States will ensure that bought up quota which is kept in the national reserve should no longer count as part of the national quota when it comes to deciding whether superlevy is due for exceeding the quota. If superlevy is then collected, the part corresponding to the bought-up quota can be used by Member States for restructuring of the sector. These proposals will be discussed by EU agriculture ministers on 19 October. Later this month, the Commission will formally adopt changes to state aid rules to allow Member States to pay farmers up to EUR 15,000 each in national aid before the end of 2010.

 

 

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Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

Blog entry: "Abracadabra! Where did the money go?" (29/10/2009)

Blog entry: "Greatly Mixed-up Objectives" (23/10/2009)

"Latest Information on the Dairy Market" (Session of the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, 19/10/2009)

"Dairy market situation" (Speaking notes at the Agriculture Council of Ministers, Luxembourg, 19/10/2009)

"GMOs: letting the voice of science speak" (Policy Dialogue at "European Policy Centre", Brussels, 15/10/2009)

"Doing things for ourselves" [pdf] (Inaugural award of "Innovation Prize for Women Farmers", Brussels, 15/10/2009)

"Making a virtue of quality" (IV European Forum on Food Quality, Brussels, 08/10/2009)

Blog entry: "Risky business" (07/10/2009)

"The future of sheep production in Europe" (Sheepmeat Forum for Producers and Industry, Brussels, 07/10/2009)

Opening remarks (Informal Agriculture ministers' gathering on milk, Brussels, 05/10/2009)

 

 

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Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

"Quarterly Report on the Dairy Market" (October 2009) [pdf]

October 2009 update on recent agricultural commodity and food price developments in the EU [pdf]

2nd Financial Report on the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) - 2008 financial year

2nd financial report on the financial implementation of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) - Year 2008

 

 

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EU agricultural product quality policy: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

For information on applications for registration as well as registrations please consult DOOR - the Database of Origin and Registration

 

 

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Agriculture News Digest

No. 195 - 19 March 2009Agriculture on Europa

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Commission to recover EUR 126.7 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

19/03/2009 Also available in:

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A total of EUR 126.7 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States is claimed back as a result of a decision adopted today by the European Commission. The money returns to the Community budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds. Under this latest decision funds will be recovered from Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Italy and Slovenia.

 

 

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Simplifying the CAP

CAP simplification: Commission well on the way to meeting target to reduce admin burden in agriculture by 25 percent by 2012

18/03/2009 Also available in:

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Thanks to considerable progress already made in simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy and other measures still to be carried out, the Commission is confident that it will meet its objective of reducing the administrative burden arising from the CAP by 25 percent by 2012. This view is supported by the recently adopted opinion on agriculture of the Stoiber group. A new report highlights a number of measures taken over the past three and a half years which reduce red tape for farmers, companies involved in the food business and administrations, and promise to reduce annual costs by hundreds of millions of euros , which will render European farming more competitive.

Since 2005, the Commission has pushed ahead with its CAP Simplification Action Plan, repealed hundreds of obsolete acts, introduced reforms which streamline the CAP, and improved law-making practices and IT systems. A key change was the recent Health Check agreement, which will render the CAP much less complex. Other measures on the Commission's agenda include the possibility of streamlining cross-compliance rules, a more regular review of legislation and possible changes to EU quality policy, including marketing standards and the system of geographical indications.

Details

 

 

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EU agricultural product quality policy

Commission publishes stakeholders' opinions on agricultural product quality policy

12/03/2009

 

Today the European Commission publishes the summary of the 560 stakeholder opinions submitted in response to the Green Paper on agricultural product quality policy.

 

The main conclusions of the consultation are:Support for further simplification of marketing standards while keeping the current legislative approach; clarification and harmonisation of the Geographical Indication schemes and for increased protection at international level; support for improvements to the traditional specialties scheme; improvements in the operation of private and national certification schemes and guidelines should be sufficient; and finally support for compulsory indication of the place-of-farming where justified on a sector-by-sector approach.

Following the results of the consultation on the Green Paper and the conclusions of the Czech Presidency Quality Policy Conference, a Commission Communication is expected to be adopted on 27 May. It will lay down strategic orientations and will be another opportunity to advance the debate before any legislative proposals. Stakeholders will be invited to react to the Communication and legislative proposals could be tabled in 2010.

Details

 

 

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CAP reform: Commission welcomes success of EU sugar reform as restructuring process concludes

06/03/2009 Also available in:

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The 2006-2009 scheme for the restructuring of the European sugar industry resulted in the renunciation of 5.8 million tonnes of quota, very close to the initial objective of 6 million tonnes. At the end of this 4-year process, a key element of the 2006 sugar reform, EU quota for sugar and isoglucose has been lowered to 14 million tonnes (of which 13.3 million tonnes for sugar). EU sugar production is now concentrated in 18 Member States (as opposed to 23 before the reform) which enjoy favourable agronomic conditions, and nearly 70 percent of production is in 7 Member States with the highest sugar yields. Domestic prices are showing a downward trend consistent with the objective of the reform to achieve a sustainable and competitive EU sugar sector.

 

 

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Commission adopts compulsory origin labelling for virgin and extra virgin olive oil

06/03/2009

The European Commission today adopted a new Regulation making it compulsory to label the origin of virgin and extra virgin olive oil. Rules introduced in 2002 established optional labelling for these oils, but this proved insufficient to prevent consumers being misled about the true characteristics and origin of certain products.

 

Oils originating from just one country will carry the name of the Member State, or of the third country or of the Community. Blends will be labelled either "blend of Community olive oils", "blend of non-Community olive oils" "blend of Community and non-Community olive oils" or equivalent information. Certain terms such as 'fruity', 'green', 'mature', 'mild' and 'well-balanced' - which have recently been defined by the International Olive Council - may also be used on virgin and extra virgin olive oil labels for oils complying with the definitions.

 

The new rules will apply from 1 July 2009. These rules complement the rules for specific oils which are protected as part of the system of Geographic Indications and are designed to offer further guarantees to consumers that what they buy in a sealed container corresponds with their preferences and expectations.

 

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Better high-speed internet access needed to revitalise Europe's rural regions, says Commission

03/03/2009 Also available in:

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Connecting the 30% of the EU's rural population that has no high speed internet access should be a priority for achieving 'broadband for all' by 2010, the Commission said today. Improved internet connectivity is a powerful tool to stimulate swift economic recovery. The Commission today outlines how it would use its own support programmes to boost internet networks and services in rural areas, and called on EU Member States to do the same. Good internet access can make farms and companies in rural areas, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), less isolated and more competitive through access to international markets and faster and more efficient ways of doing business. Meanwhile, the European Parliament and the Council are discussing a Commission proposal to make a further € 1 billion available through the European Economic Recovery Plan to spread high speed internet access more widely across all regions of Europe.

 

 

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Commission seeks technical assistance for the selection of information and promotion programmes related to agricultural products

06/02/2009

 

The Commission has issued a call for expression of interest with the aim of establishing a list of communication and/or marketing experts with detailed knowledge of the agro-food sector and corresponding markets. From this list the Commission may select, as needed, one or several experts for specific tasks related to the selection of draft proposals for information and promotion programmes for agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries.

Details

 

 

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Simplifying the CAP

240 agricultural acts withdrawn from EU legislation

05/02/2009

 

As part of the Commission's drive to reduce the regulatory burden and red-tape and in the framework of the Communication on simplification and better regulation of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Commission today adopted a Communication removing 240 obsolete agricultural legislative acts adopted before 2007 from the legislation in force. In the early stages of EU law, from the 1950s, the number of legislative acts continually increased, many of which were adopted without an expiry date. These pieces of legislation therefore remain formally in force even though their legal effects have ceased, in many cases for a long time. These 240 pieces of legislation which will now be withdrawn relate mostly to temporary measures, exceptional market support measures, granting of financial contributions and transitional measures linked to the accession of New Member States. The acts relate to the following sectors of the CAP: cereals, fruit and vegetables, bananas, wine, milk, beef and veal, rice, oils and fats, sugar and tobacco. The Commission will continue this exercise of cleaning up EU legislation.

 

 

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Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

Blog entry: "Let's keep it simple!" (19/03/2009)

"The global economic crisis, food security and environmental security" (Second Forum on the Future of Agriculture organised by the European Landowners' Organisation, Brussels, 18/03/2009)

 

Speaking points on simplification (Press conference, Brussels, 18/03/2009)

 

Closing remarks (Conference on Quality Policy Prague, 13/03/2009)

 

"Building on the habit of quality" (Conference on Quality Policy Prague, 12/03/2009)

Blog entry: "Young farmers: A wealth of ideas" (11/03/2009)

Blog entry: "Promoting organic farming - a dynamic sector!" (25/02/2009)

"Organic food and farming: building fresh success on a stronger legal foundation" (BioFach 2009, Nuremberg, 19/02/2009)

Blog entry: "Dairy export refunds  a temporary response to an exceptional situation" (11/02/2009)

 

 

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Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

Prospects for agricultural markets and income 2008-2015

National Frameworks for environmental actions in the fruit and vegetable sector

"EU Agricultural commodity and food prices - Update on recent developments - February 2009 update" [pdf]

"Monitoring Agri-trade Policy" (MAP) 01/09, February 2009: "The new US Farm Bill - Zooming in on ACRE"

"Evaluation of the CAP policy on protected designations of origin (PDO) and protected geographical indications (PGI)"

"Study on the Functioning of Land Markets in the EU Member States under the Influence of Measures Applied under the Common Agricultural Policy"

"Agricultural Insurance Schemes 2"

 

"Study on the Development and Marketing of Non-Market Forest Products and Services"

 

"Impacts of Climate Change on European Forests and Options for Adaptation"

 

 

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EU agricultural product quality policy: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish': PGI (OJ C 49 - 28/02/2009, p. 9)

'Schwäbische Maultaschen'/'Schwäbische Suppenmaultaschen': PGI (OJ C 41 - 19/02/2009, p. 35)

'Hajdús gi torma': PDO (OJ C 39 - 18/02/2009, p. 32)

'BYeznicky le~ k': PGI (OJ C 38 - 17/02/2009, p. 16)

'Faba de Lourenz ': PGI (OJ C 37 - 14/02/2009, p. 28)

Registrations:

'Aceite de La Alcarria': PDO; 'Radicchio di Verona': PGI; 'Zafferano di Sardegna': PDO; 'Huîtres Marennes Oléron': PGI (OJ L 33 - 03/02/2009, p. 8)

Amendment of specifications:

'Riso Nano Vialone Veronese': PGI (OJ L 71 - 17/03/2009, p. 15)

'Chabichou du Poitou': PDO (OJ L 53 - 26/02/2009, p. 8)

'Bleu des Causses': PDO (OJ L 38 - 07/02/2009, p. 28)

'Gorgonzola': PDO (OJ L 34 - 04/02/2009, p. 16)

 

 

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Calls for tender

Calls for tender

Contract notices are available in all official EU languages.

Important notice: This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on to Tenders electronic daily.

"Inventory of certification schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs marketed in the EU Member States": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 02/06/2009]

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION - AGRICULTURE NEWS DIGEST

No. 194, 30 January 2009

 

Contents:

 (1) Food Labelling: the Commission acts against Italy

 (2) Commission declares State aid to the fruit and vegetable sector in

     France to be incompatible with the common market

 (3) Commission investigates Portuguese aid for the collection,

     transportation, treatment and destruction of slaughterhouse waste

 (4) Commission authorises restructuring aid for French poultry export

     firm Tilly-Sabco

 (5) Commission proposes EUR 5 billion new investment in energy and

     Internet broadband infrastructure in 2009-2010, in support of the EU

     recovery plan

 (6) EU reintroduces export refunds for dairy products

 (7) European Group on Ethics (EGE) asks European Commission to embed

     ethical principles in agriculture policies

 (8) Results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

 (9) Dairy market: Commission proposes additional measures to help dairy

     sector

(10) European Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote on Plant

     Protection Products Regulation

(11) Over 500 responses to Green Paper on agricultural product quality

(12) Measures expected to reduce human salmonellosis caused by eggs

(13) Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

(14) Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

 

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(1) FOOD LABELLING: THE COMMISSION ACTS AGAINST ITALY

 

29/01/2009 - The European Commission decided today to send a reasoned

opinion to Italy for failure to notify national implementing measures as

required by Directive 2007/68/EC (food ingredients). This Directive

establishes a list of food ingredients which must be indicated on the

label of foodstuffs as they are likely to cause adverse reactions in

susceptible individuals. The sending of a "Reasoned Opinion" is the second

step in infringement proceedings under Article 226 of the EC Treaty. Italy

is requested to take the necessary measures to transpose Directive

2007/68/EC in order to avoid the matter being referred to the Court of

Justice.

 

 

(2) COMMISSION DECLARES STATE AID TO THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SECTOR IN

FRANCE TO BE INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE COMMON MARKET

 

28/01/2009 - The European Commission today adopted a negative final

decision concerning State aid granted by France between 1992 and 2002 to

finance 'contingency plans'. This aid relates to public funds paid by the

Office National Interprofessionnel des Fruits, des Légumes et de

l'Horticulture (ONIFLHOR) to certain French agricultural committees to

finance measures to deal with crises in the fruit and vegetable sector.

The aid went to the fruit and vegetable producer organisations in the

departments concerned. The funds involved are believed to have been in

excess of EUR 330 million.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/149&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(3) COMMISSION INVESTIGATES PORTUGUESE AID FOR THE COLLECTION,

TRANSPORTATION, TREATMENT AND DESTRUCTION OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE WASTE

 

28/01/2009 - The European Commission has today decided to open a formal

investigation procedure, under the Treaty rules on State aid, into the aid

which Portugal has been granting since 1998 to cover the costs of the

collection, transportation, treatment and destruction of mammalian and

poultry meat by-products. The aid has been funded by means of parafiscal

charges levied inter alia on any overcompensation given to undertakings

which provide services and on any benefit granted to slaughtering and

cutting centres and to livestock farmers for services rendered to them.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/148&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(4) COMMISSION AUTHORISES RESTRUCTURING AID FOR FRENCH POULTRY EXPORT FIRM

TILLY-SABCO

 

28/01/2009 - Under the state aid rules contained in the EC Treaty, the

European Commission has authorised restructuring aid of EUR 3.6 million

for the poultry export firm SA Tilly-Sabco. After examining the

restructuring plan, the Commission considered that the restructuring

measures were an appropriate means of restoring the firm's viability,

that the aid was limited to the minimum necessary and that it did not

entail excessive distortion of competition. The Commission therefore

concluded that the aid was in accordance with the EU provisions on

restructuring firms in difficulty.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/147&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(5) COMMISSION PROPOSES EUR 5 BILLION NEW INVESTMENT IN ENERGY AND

INTERNET BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2009-2010, IN SUPPORT OF THE EU

RECOVERY PLAN

 

28/01/2009 - As part of the ongoing implementation of the EU recovery

plan endorsed by the European Council in December 2008, the European

Commission has today presented proposals to invest in key energy and

Internet broadband infrastructure projects. These will deliver a much

needed stimulus to the EU economy in the short term, while at the same

time targeting strategic goals such as energy security. All Member States

will benefit from the package of measures.

For broadband, the Commission proposes to target EUR 1 billion to extend

and upgrade high-speed internet in rural communities. This money will be

targeted via the existing EU's Rural Development Fund to cover the "white

spots" on Europe's broadband map (30% of the population in rural areas

who do not have broadband access).

The Commission also proposes to direct EUR 0.5 billion - using the

existing rural development mechanisms - to launch the work of tackling

the "new challenges" identified in the "Health check" of the Common

Agricultural Policy (CAP). These new challenges are: climate change,

renewable energy, water management, biodiversity and dairy restructuring.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/142&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(6) EU REINTRODUCES EXPORT REFUNDS FOR DAIRY PRODUCTS

 

23/01/2009 - At today's Management Committee, it was decided to reintroduce

export refunds for certain dairy products for the first time since June

2007. The decision was taken in response to the serious situation on the

EU dairy market, caused by a recent sharp fall in producer prices. Export

refunds can be paid to allow EU exporters to continue to be present on the

world market. The EU will, of course, fully respect the limits on

subsidised exports set by the World Trade Organisation. The Commission

will continue to observe market developments and will adjust the refunds

accordingly. The measure will only apply for as long as market conditions

so dictate. For skimmed milk powder (SMP), bids were accepted for a total

of 5,612 tonnes at a maximum refund of 200 EUR per tonne (out of total

bids for 15,172 tonnes). For butter (82 percent fat), bids were accepted

for 2,299 tonnes at a maximum refund of 500 EUR per tonne (out of total

bids for 9,566 tonnes). For butteroil, bids were accepted for 80 tonnes

at a maximum refund of 580 EUR per tonne (out of total bids for 980

tonnes). At the same time, lower rates were fixed for the standing refunds

(the refund rates at which exports can be carried between regular tenders).

The rates were 170 EUR per tonne for SMP, 450 EUR per tonne for butter,

260 EUR per tonne for whole milk powder, and 220 EUR per tonne for cheeses.

 

 

(7) EUROPEAN GROUP ON ETHICS (EGE) ASKS EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO EMBED

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES IN AGRICULTURE POLICIES

 

21/01/2009 - The European Group on Ethics (EGE) today met with Mariann

Fischer Boel, the Commissioner responsible for Agriculture and Rural

Development to present the main recommendations of the Group's opinion

on the ethical implications of modern developments in agriculture

technologies.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/86&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Adopted Opinion, full press release and list of EGE members at

http://ec.europa.eu/european_group_ethics/index_en.htm

 

 

(8) RESULTS OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES COUNCIL

 

19/01/2009 - Mr Petr Gandalovi? made a presentation of the work programme

of the Czech Presidency in the field of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The Council having concluded its proceedings on two decisions, concerning

the placing on the market of a genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape

(T45) and of a GM carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L. line 123.8.12)

respectively, the Commission is now entitled to finalise the decision-

making procedure on both issues.

Without discussion, the Council adopted the Common Agricultural Policy

"Health check" legislative package. This package makes a number of

important adjustments to the CAP in order to make the CAP more market

oriented and better able to respond to the new challenges facing

agriculture.

Among the measures included in the package are: EUR 3 billion for new

challenges facing agriculture, funded through modulation of farm payments;

further decoupling of farm payments allowing farmers to better respond to

market signals; a soft-landing for the dairy sector, where the milk quota

regime will expire in 2015; the possibility of better targeting support

for farm sectors in difficulty.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=PRES/09/13&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(9) DAIRY MARKET: COMMISSION PROPOSES ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO HELP DAIRY

SECTOR

 

15/01/2009 - Following the recent slump in prices for milk and dairy

products, Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel today pledged to

introduce new measures to support the market. The Commission will next

week reintroduce export refunds for butter, cheese and whole and skimmed

milk powder. When intervention buying for butter and SMP begins in March,

the Commission undertakes to, if necessary, buy more than the pre-

determined quantities through regular tenders. In November, the Commission

reintroduced private storage for butter with effect from 1 January 2009 -

including for butter produced in December. This represented an introduction

of private storage earlier than is usually the case.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/57&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(10) EUROPEAN COMMISSION WELCOMES EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT'S VOTE ON PLANT

PROTECTION PRODUCTS REGULATION

 

13/01/2009 - Today the European Parliament adopted in second reading a

Regulation to replace the current legislation on plant protection products,

based on a Commission proposal from 2006. The new legislation will increase

the protection of human health and the environment, will lead to a better

protection of agricultural production and will extend and deepen the single

market of plant protection products.

The new Regulation will facilitate innovation by establishing clear

criteria for approval of substances. Rules are proposed to ensure an open

and competitive market. The existing legislation is improved and

simplified, in particular in terms of approval procedures.

The new Regulation confirms the importance that the European Commission

gives to a high level of protection of human health and the environment,

while at the same time harmonises further the availability of plant

protection products. Moreover it intends to favour competition and reduce

administrative burden for all stakeholders.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/47&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Questions and Answers on Plant Protection Products at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/09/8&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(11) OVER 500 RESPONSES TO GREEN PAPER ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT QUALITY

 

09/01/2009 - On 15 October 2008, the European Commission launched a

consultation on agricultural product quality. At the close of the

consultation period on 31 December 2008, more than 500 written responses

had been received from a broad range of stakeholders: from farmers,

retailers, European interest group representatives, local authorities,

consumers, environmental NGOs, and many others. Contributions reflect a

wide range of views on, among other matters, the pros and cons of

obligatory labelling of the place of farming on foodstuffs, the future of

geographical indications, and development of private-sector food quality

certification schemes. Contributions have been sent from all 27 EU Member

States as well as from some countries outside the EU.

The Commission services have started analysing the contributions received

and will upload all contributions to the Quality policy website in the

coming weeks. A summary of responses will be prepared and published; this

is planned to be available before the Czech Presidency conference on

quality policy to be held in Prague on 12-13 March 2009. This will set the

scene for a major strategy paper, the Communication on agricultural product

quality policy, planned for adoption by the Commission in May 2009.

 

Details at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/policy/index_en.htm

 

 

(12) MEASURES EXPECTED TO REDUCE HUMAN SALMONELLOSIS CAUSED BY EGGS

 

05/01/2009 - As of January 1 2009 all eggs from flocks of laying hens,

not monitored for the presence of Salmonella or found positive to

Salmonella Enteritidis or Salmonella Typhimurium, can not be sold as table

eggs but must be processed as egg products and pasteurised in order to

eliminate all risks for consumers. In particular, the measure is expected

to reduce considerably the number of human salmonellosis infections.

Restrictions on table eggs from flocks of layers infected with Salmonella

were first adopted in 2003 through Regulation (EC) No 2160/2003 of the

European Parliament and of the Council on the control of Salmonella and

other specified food-borne zoonotic agents. Initially, the restrictions

were to enter into force at the end of 2009. However, high Salmonella

prevalence was recorded in flocks during an EU survey in 2005-2006, and

in 2007 it was decided to accelerate the regulations' enforcement.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1237/2007 set January 1 2009 as the new date

to enforce these restrictions. According to the European Food Safety

Authority's (EFSA) annual reports on the monitoring of zoonoses, eggs

and egg products are responsible for more than half of all outbreaks of

human salmonellosis in the EU where the source of infection was

demonstrated. More than 95% of these infections are caused by Salmonella

Enteritidis or Salmonella Typhimurium. Monitoring for Salmonella is

mandatory in flocks of laying hens since the beginning of 2008. Since

then, whenever Salmonella was detected, measures had to be taken to

eliminate the infection from the farm. However, trade restrictions were

not systematically applied. Because eggs constitute one of the major

sources of human salmonellosis, it is expected that these measures will

reduce considerably the number of cases of infection. The measures also

apply to eggs imported from third countries. Only Croatia, Norway and

Switzerland have provided equivalent guarantees on the safety of eggs.

Therefore, only imports of table eggs from these countries are authorised

in the EU.

 

(13) COMMISSIONER FISCHER BOEL: SPEECHES AND BLOG ENTRIES

 

Blog entry: "No time to waste" (30/01/2009)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boe/lno-time-to-waste/

 

"Challenges for the plant sector" (International Plant Exhibition, Essen,

29/01/2009)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/09/29&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Food prices in Europe: what the CAP can and can't do" (Konrad Adenauer

Stiftung, Brussels, 27/01/2009)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/09/25&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Blog entry: "Cloning: Why a Good Plan today is better than a Perfect Plan

tomorrow" (20/01/2009)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/cloning-why-a-good-plan-today-is-better-than-a-perfect-plan-tomorrow/

 

Opening speech at the Grüne Woche (Berlin, 15/01/2009)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/09/8&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Blog entry: "Happy new year" (13/01/2009)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/happy-new-year/

 

 

(14) REGISTRATION AS PDO, PGI OR TSG

 

Applications for registration:

'Raviole du Dauphiné': PGI (OJ C 3, 08/01/2009)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2009:003:0017:0022:EN:PDF

 

Rejections of registrations:

'D?iugas': PGI (OJ L 8, 13/01/2009)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:008:0024:0024:EN:PDF

 

'Germantas': PGI (OJ L 8, 13/01/2009)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:008:0025:0025:EN:PDF

 

 

 

 

Agriculture News Digest

No. 193 - 22 December 2008Agriculture on Europa

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EU agrees co-funded disposal scheme for Irish pigmeat affected by dioxin scare

18/12/2008Also available in:

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The Member States today gave their backing to further exceptional market support measures for the Irish pork market in line with the Presidency conclusions of the Brussels European Council of 11-12 December 2008. Last week the Commission already introduced, as an urgent support measure, a private storage aid scheme for up to 30,000 tonnes of pigmeat. That EU-funded storage scheme, which was formally adopted by the Commission today, covers meat coming from pigs reared in Ireland on farms that have not used any contaminated feed. In addition, in view of the particularly difficult market situation in Ireland, the Commission has now proposed a further exceptional market support measure in the form of a disposal scheme for animals blocked on farms that have used contaminated feed as well as for certain pigmeat stocks held in slaughterhouses or still owned by the slaughterhouses. The EU will co-finance the purchases at an average rate of 50 percent. Additionally, today's management committee backed a private storage aid scheme for Northern Ireland. Under this scheme, up to 15,000 tonnes of pigmeat can be stored for up to 6 months in Northern Ireland. The scheme follows the same approach as that introduced last week for Ireland.

 

 

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Antitrust: Commission welcomes European Court of Justice judgment in the French Beef case

18/12/2008

 

The European Commission welcomes today's judgment by the European Court of Justice dismissing the action by four French federations of farmers and one French federation of slaughterers in relation to the Commission's April 2003 decision fining a price agreement and an agreement to suspend/limit imports from other Member States (cases C-101/07 and C-110/07). This judgment puts an end to the case and confirms the principle that in the case of antitrust violations by associations of undertakings, the fine can take account of take account of the turnovers of the association's members.

 

 

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EU School Fruit Scheme

"Yes we can": Stakeholders give strong support to School Fruit Schemes at EU conference

17/12/2008Also available in:

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The European 'School Fruit Scheme' was at the centre of a major conference organised by the European Commission this Monday and Tuesday in Brussels which resulted in concrete recommendations on how to get fruit and vegetables to European children from the start of the 2009/2010 school year.

Around 300 stakeholders ranging from farmers to fruit traders, from the food industry to public health, education and environmental organisations, scientists and researchers as well as representatives of Member States, the Commission and the European Parliament participated in the conference.

 

The conference emphasised the need to strike the right balance which should allow for tailor-made programmes that fit local needs but which would also meet the basic requirements about accountability when using public money. The aim is to avoid red tape and unnecessary bureaucracy but at the same time allow the schemes to be well controlled.

 

 

Conference proceedings and video recordings

 

 

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Promotion of EU agricultural products outside the EU

12/12/2008Also available in:

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The European Commission has approved measures to provide information on, and to promote agricultural products in third countries. Member States submitted 30 programmes to the Commission to be examined. The 11 programmes that have been accepted are from Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Spain and Ireland. They are targeted at Russia, Ukraine, China, Japan and North America. The products covered are wine, fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy products and PDO and organic products. The EU contribution is EUR 17.8 million (50% of the total budget of the programmes).

 

 

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Member States unanimously back Private Storage Aid scheme to help Irish pork market

11/12/2008 Also available in:

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The Member States of the European Union today voted unanimously in favour of a proposal to introduce a specific private storage aid scheme for pigmeat produced in Ireland. The European Commission made the proposal because of the exceptional circumstances and the difficulties that the pigmeat market in Ireland is experiencing. This EU-funded storage scheme, backed at today's Management Committee, will involve only meat coming from pigs reared in Ireland on farms not affected by contaminated feed. Under the aid scheme, a maximum of 30,000 tonnes of pigmeat can be stored for a period of up to 6 months. The level of aid varies according to the cut of meat. The scheme is expected to enter into force in the coming days.

The Irish authorities have taken various precautionary measures to recall from the market all pigmeat and pigmeat products produced from pigs slaughtered after 1 September 2008 in Ireland and temporarily suspend the marketing of pigmeat. This action follows the recent findings of elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in some pigmeat originating in Ireland, which has been attributed to the distribution of contaminated feed from a single manufacturer.

 

 

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Commission to recover EUR 528.5 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

11/12/2008 Also available in:

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A total of EUR 528.5 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States will be claimed back as a result of a decision adopted by the European Commission. The money returns to the Community budget because of inadequate control procedures or non-compliance with EU rules on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.

Under this latest decision, the 29th since the 1995 reform of the system for recovering unduly spent CAP money, funds will be recovered from Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden.

 

 

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State aid

Negative decision on aid measures to combat bird flu crisis in Italy

10/12/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission today decided that the EUR 20 million in aid which Italy had planned to grant in the form of urgent measures to cope with the bird flu crisis in 2005 was not compatible with the rules on State aid in agriculture. In July 2006 the Commission launched the procedure to investigate the measures set out in Article 5 of Italian Decree-Law No 202/05 which provided for: the purchase by the Italian Government of 17,000 tonnes of poultry meat and other poultry products to be used for humanitarian aid; the suspension of tax payments, social security contributions and bills for operators in the poultry sector; and aid for loans to convert and restructure poultry undertakings affected by the crisis in the poultry sector.

 

 

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State aid

Commission approves umbrella scheme for aid for activities of recognised agricultural inter-branch organisations in France

10/12/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission today authorised an umbrella scheme notified by France and funded by 'compulsory voluntary levies' which involves aid for members in all the farm sectors represented by recognised agricultural inter-branch organisations. The scheme covers aid for technical assistance, quality agricultural produce, research and development, and advertising campaigns. The estimated annual budget is EUR 250 million. The aid is regarded as compatible with the rules on State aid in agriculture. Aid granted prior to adoption of the decision is not covered.

 

 

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Food prices

Commission proposes ways to deliver cheaper and more competitive food prices in Europe

10/12/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission has agreed a Communication that aims to improve the functioning of the food supply chain in order to lower prices for consumers. The prices of food have come down significantly from record levels earlier this year but the underlying causes for the surge in agricultural commodity prices in the medium-term -including regulatory restrictions, insufficient competition and speculation  have not disappeared and must be dealt with.

The Communication proposes ways to improve the functioning of the food supply chain in Europe to deliver permanently competitive prices for European households. It follows up on a request by the June European Council to investigate the causes of the sharp increases in the price of food in the wake of the even stronger rise in commodity prices.

 

 

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Curvy cucumbers, curious carrots and bendy beans back on the shelves

05/12/2008

 

The European Commission today formally adopted the Regulation repealing specific marketing standards for 26 types of fruit and vegetables. This is the final step in the process following the vote by Member States in November. For 10 types of fruit and vegetables, including apples, strawberries and tomatoes, marketing standards will remain in place. But even for these 10, Member States could for the first time allow shops to sell products that don't respect the standards, as long as they are sold with an appropriate label. In other words, the new rules will allow national authorities to permit the sale of all fruit and vegetables, regardless of their size and shape. The new rules will apply from 1 July 2009. The Commission's initiative to get rid of these standards is a major element in its ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify EU rules and cut red tape.

 

 

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Biotechnology

Commission authorises a GM soybean

04/12/2008

 

The European Commission adopted today a Decision authorising GM soybean MON89788, also known as "Roundup Ready 2" soybean, for import and processing and food and feed uses. The Commission adopted the decision following an application submitted by the food biotechnology company Monsanto and a favourable scientific assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which addressed all safety concerns. EFSA concluded that there is no risk to human or animal health or to the environment. MON89788 soybean underwent the full authorisation procedure set out in the EU legislation. As Member States failed to return a qualified-majority decision for or against this authorisation in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH), and then in the Council, the dossier was sent back to the Commission for decision. The authorisation is valid for 10 years, and any products produced from this GM soybean will be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability rules.

 

 

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Extension of payment deadline for SAPARD funds in Bulgaria and Romania

02/12/2008

 

The European Commission today adopted a decision allowing Bulgaria and Romania to extend the deadline for payments of SAPARD funds by one year, from 31 December 2008 to 31 December 2009. Both countries faced delays in payments partly because of limited administrative capacity to manage the SAPARD programmes and partly because of a low absorption capacity of beneficiaries of the programme, with a consequent back loading of funds. Furthermore, national and EU payments under the programme were stopped in the middle of this year, due to weaknesses and deficiencies in the payments and controls. The extension of the deadline will give the Bulgarian and Romanian authorities extra time to ensure that these problems are properly addressed before final payments are made. SAPARD is a Community framework for supporting sustainable agricultural and rural development in the candidate countries during the pre-accession process. For Bulgaria and Romania, payments of SAPARD funds were normally allowed until the end of 2008.

 

 

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EU-Australia wine trade agreement signed

01/12/2009 Also available in:

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A new agreement governing the wine trade between Australia and the European Union was signed in Brussels today by EU Commissioner for Agriculture Mariann Fischer Boel and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith. This agreement will replace the one signed in 1994.

The 1994 agreement stated that Australian producers would stop using the important EU names such as "Champagne", "Port" and "Sherry" and eight other European geographical indications, along with some traditional expressions such as, "Amontillado", "Claret", and "Auslese". The 2008 agreement sets clear dates for the phase-out of these terms.

 

The new agreement also outlines the conditions for Australia to continue to use a number of quality wine terms, such as "vintage", "cream" and "tawny" to describe wines exported to Europe and sold domestically.

 

The European Community and Australia agreed to protect each other's geographical indications in the agreement.

 

 

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Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

"The School Fruit Scheme: an investment in the future" (Speech delivered during the Commission's School Fruit Scheme Conference, Brussels, 15/12/2008)

 

"Global food demand: role of the EU" (General Assembly of the CGB [Confédération Générale des Planteurs de Betteraves], Paris, 09/12/2008)

 

Blog entry: "EU-Australia Wine Agreement: something to toast" (03/12/2008)

"The Green Paper on Agricultural Product Quality" (General Assembly of AREPO [European Association of Geographical Indications], Brussels, 02/12/2008)

 

Speech to the European Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee COCOBU (Brussels, 02/12/2008)

 

 

 

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Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

"Rural Development in the European Union - Statistical and Economic Information - Report 2008"

 

 

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EU agricultural product quality policy: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Batata doce de Aljezur': PGI (OJ C 324 - 19/12/2008, p. 31)

'Pan de Cruz de Ciudad Real': PGI (OJ C 324 - 19/12/2008, p. 26)

'Brnnské pivo' or 'Starobrnnské pivo': PGI (OJ C 310 - 05/12/2008, p. 25)

'Nocciola Romana': PDO (OJ C 308 - 03/12/2008, p. 19)

'Maine-Anjou': PDO (OJ C 307 - 02/12/2008, p. 11)

Registrations:

'Bleu d'Auvergne': PDO (OJ L 338 - 17/12/2008, p. 5)

San Simón da Costa (PDO), Ail blanc de Lomagne (PGI), Steirischer Kren (PGI)  (OJ L 333 - 11/12/2008, p. 3)

Amendment of specifications:

'Maroilles' or 'Marolles': PDO (OJ L 344 - 20/12/2008, p. 30)

 

'Scottish Farmed Salmon': PGI (OJ L 323 - 03/12/2008, p. 18)

 

 

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Calls for tender

Calls for tender

Contract notices are available in all official EU languages.

Important notice: This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on to Tenders electronic daily.

"Prospects for the market supply of wood and other forest products from areas with fragmented forest-ownership structures": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 10/02/2009]

 

 

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Agriculture News Digest

No. 192 - 21 November 2008Agriculture on Europa

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CAP Health Check

CAP Health Check will help farmers meet new challenges

20/11/2008Also available in:

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The European Commission welcomes the political agreement by EU agriculture ministers on the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy. The Health Check will modernise, simplify and streamline the CAP and remove restrictions on farmers, thus helping them to respond better to signals from the market and to face new challenges. Among a range of measures, the agreement abolishes arable set-aside, increases milk quotas gradually leading up to their abolition in 2015, and converts market intervention into a genuine safety net. Ministers also agreed to increase modulation, whereby direct payments to farmers are reduced and the money transferred to the Rural Development Fund. This will allow a better response to the new challenges and opportunities faced by European agriculture, including climate change, the need for better water management, the protection of biodiversity, and the production of green energy. Member States will also be able to assist dairy farmers in sensitive regions adjust to the new market situation.

 

 

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School Fruit Scheme

Commission welcomes political agreement on School Fruit Scheme worth EUR 90 million per year

19/11/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission welcomed today's political agreement in the Agriculture Council on its proposal for a European Union-wide scheme to provide fruit and vegetables to school children. European funds worth EUR 90 million every year will pay for the purchase and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables to schools. This money will be matched by national and private funds in those Member States which chose to make use of the programme. The School Fruit Scheme aims to encourage good eating habits in young people, which studies show tend to be carried on into later life. Besides providing fruit and vegetables to a target group of schoolchildren, the scheme will require participating Member States to set up strategies including educational and awareness-raising initiatives and the sharing of best practice. An estimated 22 million children in the EU are overweight. More than 5 million these are obese and this figure is expected to rise by 400,000 every year. Improved nutrition can play an important part in combating this problem. The scheme will begin at the start of the 2009/2010 school year.

 

 

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Rural Development policy 2007-2013

Last rural development programme for the period 2007-2013 agreed (Portuguese national rural network)

19/11/2008 Also available in:

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Today the Rural Development Committee (consisting of representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the Rural Development programme of the Portuguese national rural network for the financial period 2007-2013. This marks the end of the process of approving the 94 different regional and national rural development programmes that make up the EU rural development policy. Specific Rural Development programmes for each of the Portuguese regions have already been approved. These programmes are defined to guarantee infrastructure, create new income opportunities for rural regions, promote growth and fight unemployment. The Commission still has to formally adopt the programme in the next weeks.

Description of the programme

 

 

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Reintroduction of private storage for butter

13/11/2008

 

Following the significant price increases for dairy products last year markets are now undergoing a severe correction. Prices have decreased sharply and butter is quoted below or close to the intervention level in a number of Member States. Intervention buying-in is currently closed and will become available as from 1 March 2009 as laid down in the Council Single CMO Regulation. In a falling market buyers are reluctant to enter into major contractual commitments, thereby fuelling further the downward trend. The general economic situation inside and outside the European Union, as well as financing problems, add to the fragility of the market situation. However, the current lack of balance on the market is to some extent expected to be of a temporary nature. Under these circumstances the Commission intends to support the dairy market by granting an aid for private storage for butter. The scheme will start on 1st January 2009 with butter produced in December 2008 also being eligible for aid. Detailed rules for the scheme received a positive vote from Member States today in the Single Management Committee. There will be a flat rate aid level of EUR 15.62 per tonne, plus EUR 0.44/tonne/day to cover variable costs for cold storage and financing.

 

 

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The return of the curvy cucumber: Commission to allow sale of 'wonky' fruit and vegetables

12/11/2008 Also available in:

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Rules governing the size and shape of fruit and vegetables will be consigned to history after European Union Member States today voted on Commission proposals to repeal specific marketing standards for 26 types of fruit and vegetables. The Commission's initiative to get rid of these standards is a major element in its ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify EU rules and cut red tape. For 10 types of fruit and vegetables, including apples, strawberries and tomatoes, marketing standards will remain in place. But even for these 10, Member States could for the first time allow shops to sell products that don't respect the standards, as long as they are labelled to distinguish them from 'extra', 'class I' and 'class II' fruit. In other words, the new rules will allow national authorities to permit the sale of all fruit and vegetables, regardless of their size and shape.

 

 

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Commission launches "Farmland": The fun way for kids to learn about animal welfare

10/11/2008 Also available in:

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In an effort to raise awareness among children about the importance of treating farmed animals in a respectful and humane way, the European Commission launched today "Farmland," the European children's website on animal welfare. "Farmland" is an interactive and informative online computer game targeting children aged between 9 and 12, which also aims to help tomorrow's consumers be in a position to make informed choices about the food they will be buying. The Commission is also developing an online teacher's toolbox containing exercises that can be used in class to help children better understand the issue of animal welfare. Some Member States have already expressed interest in the project.

Go to "Farmland"

 

 

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Mariann Fischer Boel receives European of the Year award from Danish European Movement

10/11/2008

 

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on Friday received the European of the Year Award for 2008 from the Danish European Movement, a cross party pro-EU organisation. The award was presented at a ceremony in the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen on Friday. This is the eighth time the award has been presented to a person who has made an exceptional effort to promote a European agenda. The Movement conferred the award for Mrs Fischer Boel's determined efforts to reform the Common Agricultural Policy and modernise the European farm sector to make it competitive and independent of outdated market organisations.

 

 

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EU and Switzerland launch negotiations on full trade liberalisation in the agro-food sector

04/11/2008 Also available in:

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EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann Fischer Boel and Swiss Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, today launched negotiations aiming at full liberalisation of trade in agriculture between the EU and Switzerland. Given their geographical proximity and the volume of bilateral trade, both parties are obvious partners for fully liberalised trade exchanges. The upcoming negotiations are a logical continuation of the liberalization process, which has been ongoing since the 1972 Agreement and which is enshrined, as far as agriculture is concerned, in the 1999 bilateral Agriculture Agreement.

 

 

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Commission authorises the use of GM LLCotton25

29/10/2008

 

The European Commission adopted today a Decision authorising the use of genetically modified (GM) LLCotton25 in food and feed. The decision has been adopted following an application submitted by Germany's Bayer CropScience AG and a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which addressed all safety concerns. The assessment concluded that there is no risk to human or animal health or to the environment. The Commission's proposal on GM LLCotton25 was first submitted to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH), but there the Member States did not achieve qualified majority, either for or against the proposal. As the procedure provides for, the Commission referred the issue to the Council, which had three months to act. Consequently, the proposal was considered by the Agricultural and Fisheries Council and the result of the vote there was similar to that at SCoFCAH  there was no qualified majority either for or against. In short, the Council neither adopted nor indicated its opposition to the proposed measure. Following the procedure provided by EU law, the Commission adopted today the Decision, which authorises the placing on the market of food and feed containing, consisting of, or produced from, GM LLCotton25.

 

 

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Commission to propose additional funding of approximately 100 million EUR in 2009 to help Member States tackle Bluetongue

29/10/2008

 

The European Commission today announced its intention to propose in early 2009 additional funding of approximately EUR 100 million in order to co-finance the administration of vaccines to control Bluetongue disease in 2009. Subject to the assessment of actual needs and absorption capacity, this commitment, made in an amending letter to the 2009 budget adopted today, would raise the total amount likely to be allocated to assist vaccination efforts in 2009 up to EUR 160 million. Prior to today's decision, the Commission had already proposed in the preliminary draft budget 2009 to allocate EUR 60 million to co-finance the purchase of vaccines and surveillance of the insects which carry the disease. The Commission's total funding during the period 2008-2009 is expected to exceed EUR 300 million. The amending letter to the 2009 budget is now being forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council. The agreement of both institutions will be necessary in order to release the funds. The additional funding will assist Member States by financing up to 50% of the costs incurred by them in administering the Bluetongue vaccine.

 

 

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Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

"Opening statement on School Fruit Scheme" (Debate in EP Plenary session, Brussels, 18/11/2008)

"Opening statement on the Health Check of the CAP" (Debate in EP Plenary, Brussels, 18/11/2008)

Blog entry: "Return of the curvy cucumber" (17/11/2008)

"50 years of building the future" (50th Anniversary of CEJA, European Council of Young Farmers, Rome, 06/11/2008)

"Holding our course in shifting weather" (Hearing with the Agriculture Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Rome, 06/11/2008)

"Perspectives for the CAP in the Health Check and after 2013" (Meeting of the EP Agricultural Committee / National Parliaments, Brussels, 03/11/2008)

"Liberalism and the CAP" (European Liberal Democrats Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, 31/10/2008)

Blog entry: "Milk: Drink it up!" (29/10/2008)

"The role of the regions in the future CAP" (Conference organised by CRPM, Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d'Europe, Nantes, 24/10/2008)

 

 

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Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

New chapter: "Relations with Developing Countries"

 

 

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EU agricultural product quality policy: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Pagnotta del Dittaino': PDO (OJ C 283 - 07/11/2008, p. 15)

'Pierekaczewnik': TSG (OJ C 269 - 24/10/2008, p. 11)

'Abbacchio Romano': PGI (OJ C 269 - 24/10/2008, p. 16)

Applications to amend a specification:

'Pera dell'Emilia Romagna': PGI (OJ C 284 - 08/11/2008, p. 7)

'Sabina': PDO (OJ C 284 - 08/11/2008, p. 12)

Registrations:

'BSuf de Bazas': PGI, and 'Kainuun rönttönen': PGI (OJ L 301- 12/11/2008, p. 3)

"Rogal [witomarciDski": PGI (OJ L 290 - 31/10/2008, p. 16)

"Arroz del Delta del Ebro" or "Arrňs del Delta de l'Ebre": PDO (OJ L 283 - 28/10/2008, p. 36)

Amendment of specifications:

"Taureau de Camargue": PDO (OJ L 290 - 31/10/2008, p. 8)

"Veau dAveyron et du Ségala": PGI (OJ L 290 - 31/10/2008, p. 12)

Cancellation of registrations:

"Arroz del Delta del Ebro": PGI (OJ L 283 - 28/10/2008, p. 32)

 

 

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Calls for tender

Calls for tender

Contract notices are available in all official EU languages.

Important notice: This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on to Tenders electronic daily.

"Framework contract for the organisation of promotion events and high-level trade visits in third countries": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 05/02/2009]

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION - AGRICULTURE NEWS DIGEST

No. 192, 21 November 2008

 

Contents:

 (1) CAP Health Check will help farmers meet new challenges

 (2) Commission welcomes political agreement on School Fruit Scheme worth

     EUR 90 million per year

 (3) Last rural development programme for the period 2007-2013 agreed

     (Portuguese national rural network)

 (4) Reintroduction of private storage for butter

 (5) The return of the curvy cucumber: Commission to allow sale of 'wonky'

     fruit and vegetables

 (6) Commission launches "Farmland": The fun way for kids to learn about

     animal welfare

 (7) Mariann Fischer Boel receives European of the Year award from Danish

     European Movement

 (8) EU and Switzerland launch negotiations on full trade liberalisation in

     the agro-food sector

 (9) Commission authorises the use of GM LLCotton25

(10) Commission to propose additional funding of approximately 100 million

     EUR in 2009 to help Member States tackle Bluetongue

(11) Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

(12) What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development"

     web site?

(13) Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

(14) Calls for tender

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(1) CAP HEALTH CHECK WILL HELP FARMERS MEET NEW CHALLENGES

 

20/11/2008 - The European Commission welcomes the political agreement by

EU agriculture ministers on the Health Check of the Common Agricultural

Policy. The Health Check will modernise, simplify and streamline the CAP

and remove restrictions on farmers, thus helping them to respond better to

signals from the market and to face new challenges. Among a range of

measures, the agreement abolishes arable set-aside, increases milk quotas

gradually leading up to their abolition in 2015, and converts market

intervention into a genuine safety net. Ministers also agreed to increase

modulation, whereby direct payments to farmers are reduced and the money

transferred to the Rural Development Fund. This will allow a better

response to the new challenges and opportunities faced by European

agriculture, including climate change, the need for better water

management, the protection of biodiversity, and the production of green

energy. Member States will also be able to assist dairy farmers in

sensitive regions adjust to the new market situation.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1749&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(2) COMMISSION WELCOMES POLITICAL AGREEMENT ON SCHOOL FRUIT SCHEME WORTH

EUR 90 MILLION PER YEAR

 

19/11/2008 - The European Commission welcomed today's political agreement

in the Agriculture Council on its proposal for a European Union-wide

scheme to provide fruit and vegetables to school children. European funds

worth EUR 90 million every year will pay for the purchase and distribution

of fresh fruit and vegetables to schools. This money will be matched by

national and private funds in those Member States which chose to make use

of the programme. The School Fruit Scheme aims to encourage good eating

habits in young people, which studies show tend to be carried on into

later life. Besides providing fruit and vegetables to a target group of

schoolchildren, the scheme will require participating Member States to set

up strategies including educational and awareness-raising initiatives and

the sharing of best practice. An estimated 22 million children in the EU

are overweight. More than 5 million these are obese and this figure is

expected to rise by 400,000 every year. Improved nutrition can play an

important part in combating this problem. The scheme will begin at the

start of the 2009/2010 school year.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1739&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(3) LAST RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE PERIOD 2007-2013 AGREED

(PORTUGUESE NATIONAL RURAL NETWORK)

 

19/11/2008 - Today the Rural Development Committee (consisting of

representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the

Rural Development programme of the Portuguese national rural network for

the financial period 2007-2013. This marks the end of the process of

approving the 94 different regional and national rural development

programmes that make up the EU rural development policy. Specific Rural

Development programmes for each of the Portuguese regions have already

been approved. These programmes are defined to guarantee infrastructure,

create new income opportunities for rural regions, promote growth and

fight unemployment. The Commission still has to formally adopt the

programme in the next weeks.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1734&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Description of the programme at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/723&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(4) REINTRODUCTION OF PRIVATE STORAGE FOR BUTTER

 

13/11/2008 - Following the significant price increases for dairy products

last year markets are now undergoing a severe correction. Prices have

decreased sharply and butter is quoted below or close to the intervention

level in a number of Member States. Intervention buying-in is currently

closed and will become available as from 1 March 2009 as laid down in the

Council Single CMO Regulation. In a falling market buyers are reluctant

to enter into major contractual commitments, thereby fuelling further the

downward trend. The general economic situation inside and outside the

European Union, as well as financing problems, add to the fragility of

the market situation. However, the current lack of balance on the market

is to some extent expected to be of a temporary nature. Under these

circumstances the Commission intends to support the dairy market by

granting an aid for private storage for butter. The scheme will start on

1st January 2009 with butter produced in December 2008 also being eligible

for aid. Detailed rules for the scheme received a positive vote from

Member States today in the Single Management Committee. There will be a

flat rate aid level of EUR 15.62 per tonne, plus EUR 0.44/tonne/day to

cover variable costs for cold storage and financing.

 

 

(5) THE RETURN OF THE CURVY CUCUMBER: COMMISSION TO ALLOW SALE OF 'WONKY'

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

 

12/11/2008 - Rules governing the size and shape of fruit and vegetables

will be consigned to history after European Union Member States today

voted on Commission proposals to repeal specific marketing standards for

26 types of fruit and vegetables. The Commission's initiative to get rid

of these standards is a major element in its ongoing efforts to streamline

and simplify EU rules and cut red tape. For 10 types of fruit and

vegetables, including apples, strawberries and tomatoes, marketing

standards will remain in place. But even for these 10, Member States could

for the first time allow shops to sell products that don't respect the

standards, as long as they are labelled to distinguish them from 'extra',

'class I' and 'class II' fruit. In other words, the new rules will allow

national authorities to permit the sale of all fruit and vegetables,

regardless of their size and shape.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1694&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(6) COMMISSION LAUNCHES "FARMLAND": THE FUN WAY FOR KIDS TO LEARN ABOUT

ANIMAL WELFARE

 

10/11/2008 - In an effort to raise awareness among children about the

importance of treating farmed animals in a respectful and humane way, the

European Commission launched today "Farmland," the European children's

website on animal welfare. "Farmland" is an interactive and informative

online computer game targeting children aged between 9 and 12, which also

aims to help tomorrow's consumers be in a position to make informed choices

about the food they will be buying. The Commission is also developing an

online teacher's toolbox containing exercises that can be used in class

to help children better understand the issue of animal welfare. Some

Member States have already expressed interest in the project.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1670&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Farmland" at

http://www.farmland-thegame.eu/

 

 

(7) MARIANN FISCHER BOEL RECEIVES EUROPEAN OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM DANISH

EUROPEAN MOVEMENT

 

10/11/2008 - Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural

Development, on Friday received the European of the Year Award for 2008

from the Danish European Movement, a cross party pro-EU organisation. The

award was presented at a ceremony in the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen

on Friday. This is the eighth time the award has been presented to a

person who has made an exceptional effort to promote a European agenda.

The Movement conferred the award for Mrs Fischer Boel's determined efforts

to reform the Common Agricultural Policy and modernise the European farm

sector to make it competitive and independent of outdated market

organisations.

 

 

(8) EU AND SWITZERLAND LAUNCH NEGOTIATIONS ON FULL TRADE LIBERALISATION

IN THE AGRO-FOOD SECTOR

 

04/11/2008 - EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann

Fischer Boel and Swiss Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard, Head of the

Federal Department of Economic Affairs, today launched negotiations aiming

at full liberalisation of trade in agriculture between the EU and

Switzerland. Given their geographical proximity and the volume of bilateral

trade, both parties are obvious partners for fully liberalised trade

exchanges. The upcoming negotiations are a logical continuation of the

liberalization process, which has been ongoing since the 1972 Agreement

and which is enshrined, as far as agriculture is concerned, in the 1999

bilateral Agriculture Agreement.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1625&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(9) COMMISSION AUTHORISES THE USE OF GM LLCOTTON25

 

29/10/2008 - The European Commission adopted today a Decision authorising

the use of genetically modified (GM) LLCotton25 in food and feed. The

decision has been adopted following an application submitted by Germany's

Bayer CropScience AG and a favourable scientific assessment by the European

Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which addressed all safety concerns. The

assessment concluded that there is no risk to human or animal health or

to the environment. The Commission's proposal on GM LLCotton25 was first

submitted to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health

(SCoFCAH), but there the Member States did not achieve qualified majority,

either for or against the proposal. As the procedure provides for, the

Commission referred the issue to the Council, which had three months to

act. Consequently, the proposal was considered by the Agricultural and

Fisheries Council and the result of the vote there was similar to that

at SCoFCAH ? there was no qualified majority either for or against. In

short, the Council neither adopted nor indicated its opposition to the

proposed measure. Following the procedure provided by EU law, the

Commission adopted today the Decision, which authorises the placing on

the market of food and feed containing, consisting of, or produced from,

GM LLCotton25.

 

Legal framework at

http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/biotechnology/index_en.htm

 

 

(10) COMMISSION TO PROPOSE ADDITIONAL FUNDING OF APPROXIMATELY 100 MILLION

EUR IN 2009 TO HELP MEMBER STATES TACKLE BLUETONGUE

 

29/10/2008 - The European Commission today announced its intention to

propose in early 2009 additional funding of approximately EUR 100 million

in order to co-finance the administration of vaccines to control

Bluetongue disease in 2009. Subject to the assessment of actual needs

and absorption capacity, this commitment, made in an amending letter to

the 2009 budget adopted today, would raise the total amount likely to be

allocated to assist vaccination efforts in 2009 up to EUR 160 million.

Prior to today's decision, the Commission had already proposed in the

preliminary draft budget 2009 to allocate EUR 60 million to co-finance

the purchase of vaccines and surveillance of the insects which carry the

disease. The Commission's total funding during the period 2008-2009 is

expected to exceed EUR 300 million. The amending letter to the 2009 budget

is now being forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council. The

agreement of both institutions will be necessary in order to release the

funds. The additional funding will assist Member States by financing up

to 50% of the costs incurred by them in administering the Bluetongue

vaccine.

 

More on bluetongue at

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/bluetongue_en.htm

 

 

(11) COMMISSIONER FISCHER BOEL: SPEECHES AND BLOG ENTRIES

 

"Opening statement on School Fruit Scheme" (Debate in EP Plenary session,

Brussels, 18/11/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/630&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Opening statement on the Health Check of the CAP" (Debate in EP Plenary,

Brussels, 18/11/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/629&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Blog entry: "Return of the curvy cucumber" (17/11/2008)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/return-of-the-curvy-cucumber/

 

"50 years of building the future" (50th Anniversary of CEJA, European

Council of Young Farmers, Rome, 06/11/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/590&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Holding our course in shifting weather" (Hearing with the Agriculture

Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Rome, 06/11/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/589&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Perspectives for the CAP in the Health Check and after 2013" (Meeting of

the EP Agricultural Committee / National Parliaments, Brussels, 03/11/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/577&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Liberalism and the CAP" (European Liberal Democrats Congress, Stockholm,

Sweden, 31/10/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/571&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Blog entry: "Milk: Drink it up!" (29/10/2008)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/milk-drink-it-up/

 

"The role of the regions in the future CAP" (Conference organised by CRPM,

Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d'Europe, Nantes, 24/10/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/559&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(12) WHAT'S NEW ON THE COMMISSION'S "AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT"

WEB SITE?

 

New chapter: "Relations with Developing Countries"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/external/dev/index_en.htm

 

 

(13) REGISTRATION AS PDO, PGI OR TSG

 

Applications for registration:

 

'Pagnotta del Dittaino': PDO (OJ C 283, 07/11/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:283:0015:0018:EN:PDF

 

'Pierekaczewnik': TSG (OJ C 269, 24/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:269:0011:0015:EN:PDF

 

'Abbacchio Romano': PGI (OJ C 269, 24/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:269:0016:0018:EN:PDF

 

Applications to amend a specification:

 

'Pera dell'Emilia Romagna': PGI (OJ C 284, 08/11/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:284:0007:0011:EN:PDF

 

'Sabina': PDO (OJ C 284, 08/11/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:284:0012:0017:EN:PDF

 

Registrations:

 

'B?uf de Bazas': PGI, and 'Kainuun rönttönen': PGI (OJ L 301, 12/11/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:301:0003:0004:EN:PDF

 

"Rogal ?wi?tomarci?ski": PGI (OJ L 290, 31/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:290:0016:0017:EN:PDF

 

"Arroz del Delta del Ebro" or "Arrňs del Delta de l'Ebre": PDO (OJ L 283,

28/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:283:0034:0035:EN:PDF

 

Amendment of specifications:

 

"Taureau de Camargue": PDO (OJ L 290, 31/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:290:0008:0011:EN:PDF

 

"Veau d?Aveyron et du Ségala": PGI (OJ L 290, 31/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:290:0012:0015:EN:PDF

 

Cancellation of registrations:

 

"Arroz del Delta del Ebro": PGI (OJ L 283, 28/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:283:0032:0033:EN:PDF

 

 

(14) CALLS FOR TENDER

 

"Framework contract for the organisation of promotion events and high-level

trade visits in third countries" [Deadline for submission: 05/02/2009]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/289840/index_en.htm

 

 

 

Agriculture News Digest

No. 191 - 23 October 2008Agriculture on Europa

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European School Milk Scheme

Commission launches EU school milk campaign

17/10/2008Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

Today in Cyprus, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Mariann Fischer Boel, will launch an EU-wide campaign to promote the relaunched School Milk Programme. Under the slogan "Milk - Drink it up", the information campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of milk consumption and the availability of EU funds to schools. During a day dedicated to balanced diet and good eating habits organised by pupils of Panagia Triherousa school in Limassol, Commissioner Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou, and Dr Michalis Polynikis, Minister for Agriculture of Cyprus, will kick off a series of entertaining and educative events. As part of this campaign, young people will be invited to take part in a photo competition on the theme "Milk power".

www.drinkitup.europa.eu

 

 

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EU to restore import customs duties on cereals

17/10/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, announced that customs duties on cereals imports will be reintroduced as a reaction to the price decrease on the cereals market. A draft Regulation was put to the Management Committee for the Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets yesterday. It has now to be formally adopted by the Commission and will enter into force on the third day following publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. There are no export refunds on cereals exports.

 

 

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EU agricultural product quality policy

New database on food quality product names

17/10/2008

 

The Commission today launched a new database of protected quality names for agricultural products and foodstuffs. By using the 'Database Of Origin and Registration' (DOOR), researchers, producers, agricultural journalists and interested citizens now have easy access to full information on the registered names: PDOs, PGIs and TSGs. Commenting on the new database, Marianne Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said: "This important project illustrates the Commission's commitment to the agricultural quality schemes. DOOR will cut the time taken for examination and greatly facilitate the work of all those seeking data and information on our registered quality names."

DOOR comprises data on 832 registered names: PDOs (Protected Designations of Origin), and PGIs (Protected Geographical Indications), and TSGs (Traditional Specialities Guaranteed), as well as 323 applied-for names. When complete, DOOR will consist of three modules: an online application system, a workflow management system within the Commission, and the on-line database available today.

DOOR Database of Origin and Registration

More on PDOs, PGIs and TSGs

 

 

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Rural Development policy 2007-2013

European Network for Rural Development goes live

16/10/2008 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

The European Commission will tomorrow launch the European Network for Rural Development at a high-profile conference on rural development in Cyprus. The Network will bring together policy-makers, administrators, academics and other key actors in the area of rural development from across the European Union, thus making it easier for them to share ideas, information and experience. This will help keep the European Union's rural development policy fit for the demands of the 21st century.

Proceedings of the conference

 

 

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EU agricultural product quality policy

Getting the most out of EU quality food and drink: Commission launches a consultation on agricultural product quality

15/10/2008 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

The European Commission today adopted a Green Paper to open the debate on how to help European farmers make the most of the quality of the food and drinks they produce. As globalisation spreads, pressure increases from low cost products from overseas and consumer demands evolve, Europe's most potent weapon is 'quality'. The Green Paper looks at the range of standards, quality and certification programmes and labelling schemes currently operating in the EU (including geographical indications, organic farming, and private and regional food quality certification schemes) and asks what could be done better to exploit the strengths of EU farming and better inform consumers about the products on offer. The paper asks stakeholders to give their views on how effective these measures are in delivering guarantees and communicating the qualities of the products, and to suggest improvements. The consultation period will run until the end of 2008. A Communication will be prepared next year based on the results, which could lead to legislative proposals at a later stage.

Take part in the consultation

 

 

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Milk quotas: Levies for exceeding milk quota total EUR 340 million

13/10/2008 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

Certain Member States face levies totalling just over EUR 340 million for exceeding their milk quotas during the 2007/2008 marketing year, according to a provisional calculation by the European Commission, based on Member States' annual declarations. Last year the total levy amounted to EUR 221 million. Seven Member States (Austria, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, and Netherlands) exceeded their delivery quotas. Altogether these account for an overrun of 1,217,000 tonnes, resulting in a levy of EUR 338.7 million. Some 47% of the total is due to excess deliveries in Italy and 30% of the levy is due from Germany. Italy exceeded its delivery quota by 5.7%, Cyprus exceeded by 3.9% and Austria by 3.2%. As for direct sales to consumers, Cyprus, Luxembourg and the Netherlands reported overruns, totalling 4,673 tonnes resulting in a levy for direct sales of EUR 1.3 million, of which 92% is due from the Netherlands.

 

 

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Commission submitted updated measures on China milk products to the Member States

13/10/2008

 

Last Friday, the European Commission discussed how to update the existing measures to respond to the melamine contaminated milk from China with the Member States. The set of reinforced measures discussed and agreed by Member States, replace the interim measures provisionally adopted by the Commission on 26 September last (Decision 2008/757/EC). The new measures update and supplement the measures adopted two weeks ago, which consisted of a ban on imports of products intended for the particular nutritional uses of infants or young children and of systematic checks on other composite products containing milk prior to import into the Community. Member States may also perform random checks on other products which, because of their high protein content, could have been subject to adulteration practices similar to those applied to the milk products, although there is at present no evidence that this has been the case. Whilst controls were, pursuant to Decision 2008/757/EC, limited to products containing at least 15% of milk products, Member States have been reporting significant difficulties in establishing the exact milk product content of a number of composite products targeted by the interim measures. The new measures streamline and simplify control tasks imposed on Member States by the interim measures adopted on 26 September. On the one hand such controls have to be carried out on a limited number of control points specifically designated for that purpose by the Member States. On the other hand, Member States will not have to establish the exact amount of milk product content on imported products in order to decide whether analytical tests are required, as the new measures will require systematic checks on all milk containing products irrespective of the exact amount of such content. The measures shall be regularly reassessed in the light of the results of the controls carried out by the Member States.

Commission Decision of 14 October 2008 imposing special conditions governing the import of products containing milk or milk products originating in or consigned from China, and repealing Commission Decision 2008/757/EC [pdf]

 

 

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Avian Influenza: Highly pathogenic H5N1 virus confirmed in Saxony

13/10/2008

 

The European Commission adopted today a decision confirming the risk areas set up by the German authorities in relation to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on a poultry farm in the commune of Markersdorf, in Saxony, close to the Polish border. The German authorities informed the Commission yesterday about a suspected outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu. Germany's national laboratory confirmed today that the outbreak concerns the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza. The German authorities applied immediately the necessary control measures laid down in EU legislation and set up risk areas around the outbreak. The situation will be reviewed at the next Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) on 15 October. Last night, the German authorities culled all poultry on the farm, i.e. 800 geese, 550 ducks, 60 chicken and 24 turkeys. The measures laid down in the Avian Influenza Directive 2005/94/EC and the additional measures for the H5N1 virus have been applied. They entail the establishment of a protection zone of 3 km radius and a surveillance zone of 10 km around the infected holding. The area covered by the protection zone and the surveillance zone is classified as a high risk area (area A), which is surrounded by a low risk area (area B) acting as a buffer zone to the disease-free parts of the country. Strict movement controls are in place. Poultry must be kept indoors, gatherings of poultry and other birds are banned, and on-farm bio security measures are strengthened. Today's Commission decision confirms the areas A and B set up in Germany. This is the first outbreak of the highly avian influenza H5N1 in a poultry holding in the EU in 2008. The last outbreak in a poultry farm caused by this virus was confirmed on 25 December 2007 in Germany in the land of Brandenburg. In wild birds the last case was detected at the end of February 2008 in the UK.

 

 

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Who gets EU cash? New website gives details of beneficiaries

02/10/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR

Today's launch of the "Financial Transparency system" website and search engine will allow, for the first time ever, free access to details of who receives EU funds managed directly by the Commission and its executive agencies. Based on accounting data, it provides a consolidated view of the previous financial year and contains approximately 28,000 entries on Commission-run programmes in policy areas like research, education and culture, energy and transport and certain aspects of aid to third countries. This new search engine will allow users to analyse and compare information on beneficiaries and policy areas more easily. It is one of the building blocks in the Commission's wider European Transparency Initiative (ETI).

In a parallel development, all Member States should put in place by 30 September 2008 a website with information on payments from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) made between 1 January and 15 October 2007. Each website shall for all beneficiaries provide details such as the name of the beneficiary, the municipality of residence and the total amount of public funding received (Community and national). The Commission has set up a web-portal which provides access to the national websites. By 30 April 2009, Member States must publish details of the recipients of all other agricultural payments.

Member State websites providing information on beneficiaries of CAP payments (shared management)

 

 

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Commission transmits to Council proposal to authorise a GM soybean

30/09/2008

 

The Commission will transmit to the Council a proposal to authorise a genetically modified (GM) soybean after Member States did not endorse it today during a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH). The Commission presented today to SCoFCAH the proposal for the authorisation of GM soybean MON89788, also known as "RoundupReady2" soybean, for import and processing and food and feed uses. The authorisation of this GM soybean is important as it will help preventing shortages in supply of the EU livestock industry with soybean imports from third countries. Member States returned no definitive opinion, either for or against the proposal, during the SCoFCAH meeting. The Commission tabled the proposal following an application submitted by the American food biotechnology company Monsanto and a favourable scientific assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which addressed all safety concerns. EFSA concluded that there is no risk to human or animal health or to the environment. As a result of today's inconclusive vote, the Commission will now transmit the dossier to the Council for a decision. If the Council does not reach a position within three months, the proposal will be sent back to the Commission for final adoption.

 

 

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Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

"Prospects for rural development policy" (Conference organised by the Commission "Europe's rural areas in action: facing the challenges of tomorrow", Limassol, Cyprus, 16/10/2008)

 

"Getting the most out of EU quality food and drink" (Speaking points at Press conference, Brussels, 15/10/2008)

"Keeping our head in uncertain times" [pdf] (Club Demeter, Brussels, 14/10/2008)

 

"Mountain areas in European Union policies" (6th European Mountain Convention, Brig, Switzerland, 09/10/2008)

 

Blog entry: "No return to the Age of Ideology" (07/10/2008)

"Observations on a CAP for the future" (Congress of European Farmers 2008 organised by COPA/COGECA, Brussels, 30/09/2008)

 

"The CAP Health Check: an opportunity for regions" (Seminar by ARF, Association des Régions de France, Clermont-Ferrand, 25/09/2008)

 

"Method and sense: asking questions about a CAP for after 2013" (Informal Agriculture Council, Annecy, 23/09/2008)

 

"Agriculture in the future: a challenge for European young farmers" (CEJA [European Council of Young Farmers] seminar, Annecy, 21/09/2008)

 

 

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Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

"The EU Forest Action Plan 2007-2011" [pdf, also available in: DE | FR ]

Green Paper on agricultural product quality: product standards, farming requirements and quality schemes

MAP 02/08: "The 2008 Outlook for World Agricultural Commodity Markets"

 

"Other gainful activities: pluriactivity and farm diversification in EU-27": Text [pdf] - Slide show [pdf]

"The importance and contribution of the agri-food sector to the sustainable development of rural areas" [pdf]

 

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EU agricultural product quality policy: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Kiwi de l'Adour': PGI (OJ C 263 - 16/10/2008, p. 5)

'Petit Épeautre de Haute Provence': PGI (OJ C 261 - 14/10/2008, p. 11)

'Olej rydzowy': TSG (OJ C 244 - 25/09/2008, p. 27)

'Znojemské pivo': PGI (OJ C 244 - 25/09/2008, p. 23)

Applications to amend a specification:

'Queso Manchego': PDO (OJ C 255 - 08/10/2008, p. 10)

'Kölsch': PGI (OJ C 254 - 07/10/2008, p. 12)

Registrations:

'Radicchio di Chioggia': PGI (OJ L 277 - 18/10/2008, p. 30)

' eské pivo': PGI, 'Cebreiro': PDO (OJ L 276 - 17/10/2008, p. 27)

'Presunto de Campo Maior e Elvas' or 'Paleta de Campo Maior e Elvas': PGI, 'Presunto de Santana da Serra' or 'Paleta de Santana da Serra': PGI, 'Slovensky oatiepok': PGI (OJ L 258 - 26/09/2008, p. 52)

'Salame S. Angelo': PGI, 'Chouriço Azedo de Vinhais' or 'Azedo de Vinhais' or 'Chouriço de Pâo de Vinhais': PGI, 'Presunto do Alentejo' or 'Paleta do Alentejo': PDO (OJ L 258 - 26/09/2008, p. 54)

Amendment of specifications:

'Chasselas de Moissac': PDO (OJ L 278 - 21/10/2008, p. 7)

'Panellets': TSG (OJ L 263 - 02/10/2008, p. 3)

'Époisses': PDO (OJ L 258 - 26/09/2008, p. 50)

'Bleu de Gex Haut-Jura' or 'Bleu de Septmoncel': PDO (OJ L 257 - 25/09/2008, p. 8)

'Roquefort': PDO (OJ L 257 - 25/09/2008, p. 10)

'Rocamadour': PDO (OJ L 257 - 25/09/2008, p. 12)

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION - AGRICULTURE NEWS DIGEST

No. 191, 23 October 2008

 

Contents:

 (1) Commission launches EU school milk campaign

 (2) EU to restore import customs duties on cereals

 (3) New database on food quality product names

 (4) European Network for Rural Development goes live

 (5) Getting the most out of EU quality food and drink: Commission launches

    a consultation on agricultural product quality

 (6) Milk quotas: Levies for exceeding milk quota total EUR 340 million

 (7) Commission submitted updated measures on China milk products to the

     Member States

 (8) Avian Influenza: Highly pathogenic H5N1 virus confirmed in Saxony

 (9) Who gets EU cash? New website gives details of beneficiaries

(10) Commission transmits to Council proposal to authorise a GM soybean

(11) Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

(12) What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development"

     web site?

(13) Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

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(1) COMMISSION LAUNCHES EU SCHOOL MILK CAMPAIGN

 

17/10/2008 - Today in Cyprus, European Commissioner for Agriculture,

Mariann Fischer Boel, will launch an EU-wide campaign to promote the

relaunched School Milk Programme. Under the slogan "Milk - Drink it up",

the information campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of milk

consumption and the availability of EU funds to schools. During a day

dedicated to balanced diet and good eating habits organised by pupils of

Panagia Triherousa school in Limassol, Commissioner Fischer Boel,

Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou, and Dr Michalis Polynikis,

Minister for Agriculture of Cyprus, will kick off a series of entertaining

and educative events. As part of this campaign, young people will be

invited to take part in a photo competition on the theme "Milk power".

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1545&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Campaign website at

http://www.drinkitup.europa.eu/

 

 

(2) EU TO RESTORE IMPORT CUSTOMS DUTIES ON CEREALS

 

17/10/2008 - Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural

Development, announced that customs duties on cereals imports will be

reintroduced as a reaction to the price decrease on the cereals market.

A draft Regulation was put to the Management Committee for the Common

Organisation of Agricultural Markets yesterday. It has now to be formally

adopted by the Commission and will enter into force on the third day

following publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. There

are no export refunds on cereals exports.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1542&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(3) NEW DATABASE ON FOOD QUALITY PRODUCT NAMES

 

17/10/2008 - The Commission today launched a new database of protected

quality names for agricultural products and foodstuffs. By using the

'Database Of Origin and Registration' (DOOR), researchers, producers,

agricultural journalists and interested citizens now have easy access to

full information on the registered names: PDOs, PGIs and TSGs. Commenting

on the new database, Marianne Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture

and Rural Development, said: "This important project illustrates the

Commission's commitment to the agricultural quality schemes. DOOR will cut

the time taken for examination and greatly facilitate the work of all

those seeking data and information on our registered quality names."

DOOR comprises data on 832 registered names: PDOs (Protected Designations

of Origin), and PGIs (Protected Geographical Indications), and TSGs

(Traditional Specialities Guaranteed), as well as 323 applied-for names.

When complete, DOOR will consist of three modules: an online application

system, a workflow management system within the Commission, and the on-line

database available today.

 

DOOR Database of Origin and Registration at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/database/index_en.htm

 

More on PDOs, PGIs and TSGs at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/schemes/index_en.htm

 

 

(4) EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT GOES LIVE

 

16/10/2008 - The European Commission will tomorrow launch the European

Network for Rural Development at a high-profile conference on rural

development in Cyprus. The Network will bring together policy-makers,

administrators, academics and other key actors in the area of rural

development from across the European Union, thus making it easier for them

to share ideas, information and experience. This will help keep the

European Union's rural development policy fit for the demands of the 21st

century.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1525&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Proceedings of the conference at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/cyprus2008/index_en.htm

 

 

(5) GETTING THE MOST OUT OF EU QUALITY FOOD AND DRINK: COMMISSION LAUNCHES

A CONSULTATION ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT QUALITY

 

15/10/2008 - The European Commission today adopted a Green Paper to open

the debate on how to help European farmers make the most of the quality

of the food and drinks they produce. As globalisation spreads, pressure

increases from low cost products from overseas and consumer demands evolve,

Europe's most potent weapon is 'quality'. The Green Paper looks at the

range of standards, quality and certification programmes and labelling

schemes currently operating in the EU (including geographical indications,

organic farming, and private and regional food quality certification

schemes) and asks what could be done better to exploit the strengths of

EU farming and better inform consumers about the products on offer. The

paper asks stakeholders to give their views on how effective these measures

are in delivering guarantees and communicating the qualities of the

products, and to suggest improvements. The consultation period will run

until the end of 2008. A Communication will be prepared next year based

on the results, which could lead to legislative proposals at a later stage.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1503&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

To take part in the consultation:

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/policy/index_en.htm

 

 

(6) MILK QUOTAS: LEVIES FOR EXCEEDING MILK QUOTA TOTAL EUR 340 MILLION

 

13/10/2008 - Certain Member States face levies totalling just over EUR 340

million for exceeding their milk quotas during the 2007/2008 marketing

year, according to a provisional calculation by the European Commission,

based on Member States' annual declarations. Last year the total levy

amounted to EUR 221 million. Seven Member States (Austria, Cyprus, Ireland,

Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, and Netherlands) exceeded their delivery

quotas. Altogether these account for an overrun of 1,217,000 tonnes,

resulting in a levy of EUR 338.7 million. Some 47% of the total is due

to excess deliveries in Italy and 30% of the levy is due from Germany.

Italy exceeded its delivery quota by 5.7%, Cyprus exceeded by 3.9% and

Austria by 3.2%. As for direct sales to consumers, Cyprus, Luxembourg and

the Netherlands reported overruns, totalling 4,673 tonnes resulting in a

levy for direct sales of EUR 1.3 million, of which 92% is due from the

Netherlands.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1489&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(7) COMMISSION SUBMITTED UPDATED MEASURES ON CHINA MILK PRODUCTS TO THE

MEMBER STATES

 

13/10/2008 - Last Friday, the European Commission discussed how to update

the existing measures to respond to the melamine contaminated milk from

China with the Member States. The set of reinforced measures discussed and

agreed by Member States, replace the interim measures provisionally adopted

by the Commission on 26 September last (Decision 2008/757/EC). The new

measures update and supplement the measures adopted two weeks ago, which

consisted of a ban on imports of products intended for the particular

nutritional uses of infants or young children and of systematic checks

on other composite products containing milk prior to import into the

Community. Member States may also perform random checks on other products

which, because of their high protein content, could have been subject to

adulteration practices similar to those applied to the milk products,

although there is at present no evidence that this has been the case.

Whilst controls were, pursuant to Decision 2008/757/EC, limited to products

containing at least 15% of milk products, Member States have been reporting

significant difficulties in establishing the exact milk product content of

a number of composite products targeted by the interim measures. The new

measures streamline and simplify control tasks imposed on Member States

by the interim measures adopted on 26 September. On the one hand such

controls have to be carried out on a limited number of control points

specifically designated for that purpose by the Member States. On the

other hand, Member States will not have to establish the exact amount of

milk product content on imported products in order to decide whether

analytical tests are required, as the new measures will require systematic

checks on all milk containing products irrespective of the exact amount of

such content. The measures shall be regularly reassessed in the light of

the results of the controls carried out by the Member States.

 

Commission Decision of 14 October 2008 imposing special conditions

governing the import of products containing milk or milk products

originating in or consigned from China, and repealing Commission Decision

2008/757/EC:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:273:0018:0020:EN:PDF

 

 

(8) AVIAN INFLUENZA: HIGHLY PATHOGENIC H5N1 VIRUS CONFIRMED IN SAXONY

 

13/10/2008 - The European Commission adopted today a decision confirming

the risk areas set up by the German authorities in relation to an outbreak

of highly pathogenic avian influenza on a poultry farm in the commune of

Markersdorf, in Saxony, close to the Polish border. The German authorities

informed the Commission yesterday about a suspected outbreak of highly

pathogenic avian flu. Germany's national laboratory confirmed today that

the outbreak concerns the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

The German authorities applied immediately the necessary control measures

laid down in EU legislation and set up risk areas around the outbreak.

The situation will be reviewed at the next Standing Committee on the Food

Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) on 15 October. Last night, the German

authorities culled all poultry on the farm, i.e. 800 geese, 550 ducks,

60 chicken and 24 turkeys. The measures laid down in the Avian Influenza

Directive 2005/94/EC and the additional measures for the H5N1 virus have

been applied. They entail the establishment of a protection zone of 3 km

radius and a surveillance zone of 10 km around the infected holding. The

area covered by the protection zone and the surveillance zone is classified

as a high risk area (area A), which is surrounded by a low risk area

(area B) acting as a buffer zone to the disease-free parts of the country.

Strict movement controls are in place. Poultry must be kept indoors,

gatherings of poultry and other birds are banned, and on-farm bio security

measures are strengthened. Today's Commission decision confirms the areas

A and B set up in Germany. This is the first outbreak of the highly avian

influenza H5N1 in a poultry holding in the EU in 2008. The last outbreak

in a poultry farm caused by this virus was confirmed on 25 December 2007

in Germany in the land of Brandenburg. In wild birds the last case was

detected at the end of February 2008 in the UK.

 

 

(9) WHO GETS EU CASH? NEW WEBSITE GIVES DETAILS OF BENEFICIARIES

 

02/10/2008 - Today's launch of the "Financial Transparency system" website

and search engine will allow, for the first time ever, free access to

details of who receives EU funds managed directly by the Commission and its

executive agencies. Based on accounting data, it provides a consolidated

view of the previous financial year and contains approximately 28,000

entries on Commission-run programmes in policy areas like research,

education and culture, energy and transport and certain aspects of aid to

third countries. This new search engine will allow users to analyse and

compare information on beneficiaries and policy areas more easily. It is

one of the building blocks in the Commission's wider European Transparency

Initiative (ETI).

In a parallel development, all Member States should put in place by

30 September 2008 a website with information on payments from the European

Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) made between 1 January and

15 October 2007. Each website shall for all beneficiaries provide details

such as the name of the beneficiary, the municipality of residence and

the total amount of public funding received (Community and national). The

Commission has set up a web-portal which provides access to the national

websites. By 30 April 2009, Member States must publish details of the

recipients of all other agricultural payments.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1444&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Member State websites providing information on beneficiaries of CAP

payments (shared management) at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/funding/index_en.htm

 

 

(10) COMMISSION TRANSMITS TO COUNCIL PROPOSAL TO AUTHORISE A GM SOYBEAN

 

30/09/2008 - The Commission will transmit to the Council a proposal to

authorise a genetically modified (GM) soybean after Member States did not

endorse it today during a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food

Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH). The Commission presented today to

SCoFCAH the proposal for the authorisation of GM soybean MON89788, also

known as "RoundupReady2" soybean, for import and processing and food and

feed uses. The authorisation of this GM soybean is important as it will

help preventing shortages in supply of the EU livestock industry with

soybean imports from third countries. Member States returned no definitive

opinion, either for or against the proposal, during the SCoFCAH meeting.

The Commission tabled the proposal following an application submitted by

the American food biotechnology company Monsanto and a favourable

scientific assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA),

which addressed all safety concerns. EFSA concluded that there is no risk

to human or animal health or to the environment. As a result of today's

inconclusive vote, the Commission will now transmit the dossier to the

Council for a decision. If the Council does not reach a position within

three months, the proposal will be sent back to the Commission for final

adoption.

 

 

(11) COMMISSIONER FISCHER BOEL: SPEECHES AND BLOG ENTRIES

 

"Prospects for rural development policy" (Conference organised by the

Commission "Europe's rural areas in action: facing the challenges of

tomorrow", Limassol, Cyprus, 16/10/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/533&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Getting the most out of EU quality food and drink" (Speaking points at

Press conference, Brussels, 15/10/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/526&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Keeping our head in uncertain times" (Club Demeter, Brussels, 14/10/2008)

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_barroso/fischer-boel/speeches/demeter_en.pdf

 

"Mountain areas in European Union policies" (6th European Mountain

Convention, Brig, Switzerland, 09/10/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/512&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Blog entry: "No return to the Age of Ideology" (07/10/2008)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/no-return-to-the-age-of-ideology/

 

"Observations on a CAP for the future" (Congress of European Farmers 2008

organised by COPA/COGECA, Brussels, 30/09/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/472&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"The CAP Health Check: an opportunity for regions" (Seminar by ARF,

Association des Régions de France, Clermont-Ferrand, 25/09/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/461&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Method and sense: asking questions about a CAP for after 2013" (Informal

Agriculture Council, Annecy, 23/09/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/452&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Agriculture in the future: a challenge for European young farmers" (CEJA

[European Council of Young Farmers] seminar, Annecy, 21/09/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/448&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(12) WHAT'S NEW ON THE COMMISSION'S "AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT"

WEB SITE?

 

"The EU Forest Action Plan 2007-2011"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/fore/publi/2007_2011/brochure_en.pdf

 

Green Paper on agricultural product quality: product standards, farming

requirements and quality schemes

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/policy/index_en.htm

 

MAP 02/08: "The 2008 Outlook for World Agricultural Commodity Markets"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/publi/map/index_en.htm

 

"Other gainful activities: pluriactivity and farm diversification in EU-27"

Text at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/analysis/markets/gainful/text_en.pdf

Slide show at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/analysis/markets/gainful/slides_en.pdf

 

"The importance and contribution of the agri-food sector to the sustainable

development of rural areas"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/analysis/markets/agrifood/text_en.pdf

 

 

(8) REGISTRATION AS PDO, PGI OR TSG

 

Applications for registration:

'Kiwi de l'Adour': PGI (OJ C 263, 16/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:263:0005:0008:EN:PDF

 

'Petit Épeautre de Haute Provence': PGI (OJ C 261, 14/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:261:0011:0014:EN:PDF

 

'Olej rydzowy': TSG (OJ C 244, 25/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:244:0027:0031:EN:PDF

 

'Znojemské pivo': PGI (OJ C 244, 25/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:244:0023:0026:EN:PDF

 

Applications to amend a specification:

'Queso Manchego': PDO (OJ C 255, 08/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:255:0010:0015:EN:PDF

 

'Kölsch': PGI (OJ C 254, 07/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:254:0012:0016:EN:PDF

 

Registrations:

'Radicchio di Chioggia': PGI (OJ L 277, 18/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:277:0030:0030:EN:PDF

 

'?eské pivo': PGI, 'Cebreiro': PDO (OJ L 276, 17/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:276:0027:0028:EN:PDF

 

'Presunto de Campo Maior e Elvas' or 'Paleta de Campo Maior e Elvas': PGI,

'Presunto de Santana da Serra' or 'Paleta de Santana da Serra': PGI,

'Slovensky o?tiepok': PGI (OJ L 258, 26/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:258:0052:0053:EN:PDF

 

'Salame S. Angelo': PGI, 'Chouriço Azedo de Vinhais' or 'Azedo de Vinhais'

or 'Chouriço de Pâo de Vinhais': PGI, 'Presunto do Alentejo' or 'Paleta do

Alentejo': PDO (OJ L 258, 26/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:258:0054:0055:EN:PDF

 

Amendment of specifications:

'Chasselas de Moissac': PDO (OJ L 278, 21/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:278:0007:0008:EN:PDF

 

'Panellets': TSG (OJ L 263, 02/10/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:263:0003:0004:EN:PDF

 

'Époisses': PDO (OJ L 258, 26/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:258:0050:0051:EN:PDF

 

'Bleu de Gex Haut-Jura' or 'Bleu de Septmoncel': PDO (OJ L 257, 25/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:257:0008:0009:EN:PDF

 

'Roquefort': PDO (OJ L 257, 25/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:257:0010:0011:EN:PDF

 

'Rocamadour': PDO (OJ L 257, 25/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:257:0012:0013:EN:PDF

 

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION - AGRICULTURE NEWS DIGEST

No. 190, 17 September 2008

 

Contents:

 (1) Commission proposes to expand food programme for the most deprived

     persons in the European Union

 (2) Commission proposes compulsory origin labelling for virgin and extra

     virgin olive oil

 (3) Commission adopts action plan to facilitate better implementation of

     animal health strategy

 (4) Commission authorises GM soybean A2704-12

 (5) Commissioner Fischer Boel wins International Wine Challenge 'Wine

     Personality of the Year 2008

 (6) New rules on pesticide residues to strengthen food safety in the

     European Union

 (7) Health Check and future perspectives of the CAP: challenges for

     agriculture: a day of scientific dialogue

 (8) Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of certain

     Schering-Plough animal health products by Pfizer

 (9) Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

(10) Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

(11) Calls for tender

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(1) COMMISSION PROPOSES TO EXPAND FOOD PROGRAMME FOR THE MOST DEPRIVED

    PERSONS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

 

17/09/2008 - The European Commission today proposed to improve the current

food distribution programme for the most deprived persons in the European

Union by increasing the budget by two thirds to around EUR 500 million from

2009 and extending the range of products which can be provided.

Originally designed to provide surplus stocks of farm produce ("intervention

stocks") to needy people, the scheme was amended in the mid-1990s to make

it possible to supplement intervention stocks with market purchases in

certain circumstances. Now that surplus stocks are extremely low and

unlikely to increase in the foreseeable future, the scheme should allow

market purchases on a permanent basis, to complement remaining intervention

stocks.

The choice of food would be for the Member States and food distribution

plans would be established for three-year periods. Food would continue to

be distributed in cooperation with charities and local social services.

From the 2010/12 plan, the scheme would be co-financed (75 percent from

the EU budget, and 85 percent in cohesion areas). From the 2013/15 plan,

co-financing would be split 50/50, with the EU budget providing 75 percent

in cohesion regions.

The Commission believes an increase in the budget to be necessary because

rising food prices are adversely affecting the food security of needy

people and increasing the cost of providing food aid. In 2006, more than

13 million EU citizens benefited from this aid scheme. The revised

programme should be available from 2010.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1335&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Proposal, Impact assessment report and further documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/markets/freefood/index_en.htm

 

 

(2) COMMISSION PROPOSES COMPULSORY ORIGIN LABELLING FOR VIRGIN AND EXTRA

VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

 

17/09/2008 - Today Member States discussed a draft European Commission

proposal to introduce compulsory origin labelling for virgin and extra

virgin olive oil. Rules introduced in 2002 established optional labelling

for these oils, but this has proved insufficient to avoid consumers being

misled about the true characteristics and origin of certain products. As

a result of agricultural traditions and local extraction and blending

practices, such oils may be of quite different taste and quality depending

on their geographical origin. Therefore, the Commission intends to propose

compulsory origin labelling for virgin and extra virgin olive oil. Oils

coming from just one country will carry the name of the country of origin.

Blends will be labelled either "blend of Community olive oils", "blend of

non-Community olive oils", "blend of Community and non-Community olive

oils" or, equivalent indications. Certain terms describing the organoleptic

characteristics referring to the taste and/or smell of virgin and extra

virgin olives have recently been defined by the International Olive Council

and it is intended that these terms may also be used on labels. Following

today's discussion, the Commission intends to notify the draft rules to

the World Trade Organisation TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) Committee,

a procedure which allows a period for comments of 60 days. A vote on a

draft proposal is expected around the end of 2008. If adopted, new rules

would apply from 1 July 2009.

 

 

(3) COMMISSION ADOPTS ACTION PLAN TO FACILITATE BETTER IMPLEMENTATION OF

ANIMAL HEALTH STRATEGY

 

10/09/2008 - The European Commission adopted today a Communication laying

down the Action Plan for the implementation of the EU's animal health

strategy. The Action Plan contains the key actions and their indicative

timetable. These actions are structured around four pillars. Within the

pillar "Prioritisation of EU intervention" the Commission will develop

profiling and categorisation of animal disease risks by 2010 which will

provide the basis to prioritise actions in order to ensure that interventions

and resources can be focused on diseases of high relevance. The pillar

"EU Animal Health framework" provides for a proposal for an EU Animal

Health Law by 2010 to replace the current series of policy areas with a

single regulatory framework. A legislative proposal concerning a harmonised

EU framework for responsibility and cost-sharing in detecting and

eradicating diseases is planned by 2011. In terms of "Prevention,

surveillance and preparedness" the Action Plan focuses on an overall

reinforcement of biosecurity measures. It explores the scope to make the

fullest use possible of Community funds when addressing actions which will

have a positive impact on animal health. Disease surveillance will be

stepped up and traceability will be strengthened by 2011. A legislative

proposal for better border biosecurity will be adopted by 2010. Finally,

the pillar "Science, innovation and research" will provide for enhanced

cooperation between key players such as the European Food Safety Authority

(EFSA), European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Stakeholders can follow the progress of these different actions through a

dedicated website at

http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/strategy/actionplan_en.htm

 

Questions and Answers on the Action Plan at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/557&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(4) COMMISSION AUTHORISES GM SOYBEAN A2704-12

 

08/09/2008 - The European Commission adopted today a Decision authorising

GM soybean A2704-12 for feed and food uses and for import and processing.

A2704-12 soybean received a positive safety assessment from the European

Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and underwent the full authorisation procedure

set out in the EU legislation. Member States did not reach a qualified

majority decision for or against this authorisation in the Standing

Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH), and then in the

Council, the dossier was sent back to the Commission for decision. The

authorisation is valid for 10 years, and any products produced from this

GM soybean will be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability

rules.

 

More information at

http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/biotechnology/index_en.htm

 

 

(5) COMMISSIONER FISCHER BOEL WINS INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 'WINE

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2008

 

04/09/2008 - Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural

Development, was yesterday awarded the Wine Personality of the Year 2008

award by the International Wine Challenge. The IWC has been running for

more than 25 years and is an internationally renowned wine competition.

Every year, the IWC names a Wine Personality of the Year. In giving the

award, the IWC said: "In years to come, European wine producers may tell

their children stories about Mariann Fischer Boel. Of how the family

vineyards might have been pulled up and the family winemaking tradition

lost had it not been for the intrepid heroine from the north. She has

dragged the European wine industry into the 21st century, after loud

protests and long arguments. Against huge opposition, she has persuaded

country after country to accept the sometimes bitter medicine of reform.

There have been a few compromises, but the European wine industry is now

prepared to meet the competition from outside Europe leaner and fitter

than it has been for decades. Mariann Fischer Boel has cajoled and

persuaded, argued and negotiated, for two long years. Her reform programme

was adopted by the EU Council of Ministers in April 2008, and came into

force on 1st August. It is a heroic achievement, and she richly deserves

to be named the IWC Wine Personality of the Year 2008."

 

 

(6) NEW RULES ON PESTICIDE RESIDUES TO STRENGTHEN FOOD SAFETY IN THE

EUROPEAN UNION

 

01/09/2008 - The European Commission made today an important step forward

in its efforts to ensure food safety in the European Union, as a regulation

revising and simplifying the rules pertaining to pesticide residues

entered into force. The new rules set harmonised Maximum Residue Levels

(MRLs) for pesticides. They ensure food safety for all consumers and allow

traders and importers to do business smoothly as confusion over dealing

with 27 lists of national MRLs is eliminated. With the previous regime,

different MRLs could apply to the same pesticide for the same crop in

different Member States, a situation which gave rise to questions from

consumers, farmers and traders. Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 is the result

of a considerable joint effort by the Commission, the European Food Safety

Authority (EFSA) and the Member States.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1282&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(7) HEALTH CHECK AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES OF THE CAP: CHALLENGES FOR

AGRICULTURE: A DAY OF SCIENTIFIC DIALOGUE

 

29/08/2008 - On 28 August the European Commission hosted a seminar on the

Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy in Brussels. The CAP Health

Check, currently under discussion, will ensure that the CAP is fit for the

challenges of the 21st century. At the seminar, which formed part of the

12th Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists,

experts from the Commission and from academia talked about the economic

context of the Health Check as well as its possible implications for

production, trade, the environment and sustainability as a whole.

 

Details at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/events/eaae/2008_en.htm

 

 

(8) MERGERS: COMMISSION APPROVES PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF CERTAIN SCHERING-

PLOUGH ANIMAL HEALTH PRODUCTS BY PFIZER

 

27/08/2008 - The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger

Regulation the proposed acquisition of certain animal health assets of

Schering-Plough (SP Assets) by Pfizer, both U.S. pharmaceutical companies.

After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the proposed

transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the

European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

The overlaps between the activities of Pfizer and the SP Assets are

limited in most markets. The Commission?s examination of the proposed

transaction showed that the new entity would continue to face several

significant competitors in all the relevant markets for animal vaccines

and pharmaceuticals and that farmers and veterinarians across the EEA

would continue to have access to alternative suppliers post-merger.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1274&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(9) COMMISSIONER FISCHER BOEL: SPEECHES AND BLOG ENTRIES

 

Speaking points for the press (Press conference on the Commission proposal

to expand food programme for the most deprived persons in the European

Union, Brussels, 17/09/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/436&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Blog entry: "Time to roll up our sleeves" (15/09/2008)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/time-to-roll-up-our-sleeves/

 

"Building a stable framework for the meat sector" (World Meat Congress,

Capetown, South Africa, 09/09/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/412&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Keeping our maps up to date: trade and trade rules in a changing world"

(Speech at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 08/09/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/410&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"New challenges for rural development after the CAP Health Check" [speech

given on behalf of Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel: pdf] ("Riga Food

2008" fair, Latvia, 03/09/2008)

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/riga_food_2008.pdf

 

 

(10) REGISTRATION AS PDO, PGI OR TSG

 

Applications for registration:

'Andruty kaliskie': PGI (OJ C 233, 11/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:233:0016:0018:EN:PDF

 

Applications to amend a specification:

'Jamón de Teruel': PDO (OJ C 234, 12/09/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:234:0016:0018:EN:PDF

 

 

(11) CALLS FOR TENDER

 

"Study on modelling of feed consumption in the European Union"

[Deadline for submission: 12/11/2008]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/219620/index_en.htm

 

"Provision of public goods through the European Union agriculture"

[Deadline for submission: 10/11/2008]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/219598/index_en.htm

 

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Agriculture News Digest

No. 189 - 13 August 2008Agriculture on Europa

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Export refunds for fresh and frozen pig meat suspended

08/08/2008

 

A proposal from the European Commission to set the export refunds for fresh and frozen pig meat at zero has been discussed by the Management Committee for the Common organisation of agricultural markets yesterday. The export refunds (EUR 31.1/100 kg for carcasses and cuts and EUR 19.4/100 kg for bellies) were re-introduced in November 2007, as a temporary measure to respond to the difficult market situation due to the combination of over-supply of EU production and high feed costs. Helped by the increased refunds and the introduction of private storage aid, the EU pig meat market started to recover since the beginning of this year: Pig carcass prices are now on average about 30% higher than in November 2007, EU exports increased considerably and feed costs are decreasing. Furthermore, EU pig meat production is forecast to decrease significantly in the second half of 2008. Given all those elements, the Commission decided to set the refunds for fresh and frozen carcasses, cuts and bellies back at zero, starting from today. The Commission will continue to monitor the market situation closely and, if appropriate, take further action.

 

 

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Annual crop yield forecast: European Commission foresees above average cereals harvest for 2008

07/08/2008Also available in:

BG | DA | DE | ES | FR | IT | HU | NL | PL | RO

Favourable weather conditions and an increase in the planted area farmed should lead to a total cereals harvest close to 301 M tonnes for this year in the European Union, 43 M tonnes more than in 2007. This represents an increase of 16% on the 2007 harvest and 9% on the past five years' average production. This forecast, published today by the European Commission, is based on an updated analysis by the Commission's in-house scientific service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), using an advanced crop yield forecasting system.

Detailed forecasts by crop and country

 

 

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School Fruit Scheme: Which role for the European Union?

Commission invites submission of posters for forthcoming conference on School Fruit Scheme

05/08/2008

 

On 8 July 2008, the European Commission presented its proposal for the introduction of an EU-wide School Fruit Scheme (SFS). In order to kick-start the linked networking activities, the Commission is now organising a major conference, bringing together experts from all Member states. This event will take place in Brussels in December 2008. As part of this conference there will be a poster exhibition of best practice models to provide SFS project promoters and stakeholders with examples for establishing or improving a School Fruit Scheme. Interested parties are now invited to submit models as posters for this exhibition. These posters must be designed to deliver 'operational' information in an easily understandable way. The posters will be exhibited during the conference and published on the Europa website.

Full details on how to submit best practice models

 

 

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Agreement reached to liberalise trade in Agricultural and Fishery Products between the EU and Israel

01/08/2008Also available in:

DE | FR

Negotiators have reached a preliminary agreement to further liberalise trade in agricultural and processed agricultural products and fish and fishery products between the European Union and the State of Israel, following technical verification of the Common Understanding reached on 30 April 2008 in Bet-Dagan (Israel) on bilateral tariff concessions. This will form the basis of a future agreement, subject to completion of both sides' internal procedures. The new trade concessions represent a major step forward in the integration of the EU and Israeli markets.

 

 

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Vacancy for Deputy Director at the International Olive Council

01/08/2008

 

As the intergovernmental organisation in charge of administering the 2005 International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, the International Olive Council (IOC) is a unique multilateral organisation working for world olive farming. The European Community is a member of the IOC, where it represents 27 Member States and makes a substantial contribution to its operational budgets. A vacancy has now arisen for the post of Deputy Director responsible for administration and financial affairs, studies and evaluations, until November 2010, subsequently to be appointed Executive Director until 2014. The post is based in Madrid in the IOC Executive Secretariat, whose job it is to help the Council of Members and its Committees carry through the duties they are assigned under the International Agreement. EU citizens are invited to find out more from the Vacancy Notice and application details published today.

 

 

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Reform of the wine sector

Wine reform enters into force on 1 August 2008

01/08/2008

 

Today marks the entry into force of the wide-ranging reform of the Common Market Organisation for wine on which agriculture ministers reached agreement in December 2007. The changes will bring balance to the wine market, phase out wasteful and expensive market intervention measures and allow the budget to be used for more positive, proactive measures which will boost the competitiveness of European wines. The reform provides for a fast restructuring of the wine sector in that it includes a voluntary, three-year grubbing-up scheme to provide an alternative for uncompetitive producers and to remove surplus and uncompetitive wine from the market. Subsidies for crisis distillation and potable alcohol distillation will be phased out and the money, allocated in national envelopes, can be used for measures like wine promotion on third country markets, innovation, restructuring and modernisation of vineyards and cellars. The reform will ensure environmental protection in wine-growing regions, safeguard traditional and well-established quality policies and simplify labelling rules, for the benefit of producers and consumers alike. The very restrictive planting rights system will also be abolished at EU level from 1 January 2016 onwards. Most of the measures in the reform package come into force on 1 August 2008. Those relating to labelling, wine-making practices and Geographical Indications enter into force on 1 August 2009.

 

 

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Organic farming

Organic Farming: European Commission launches new promotional campaign for organic food and farming

25/07/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR | NL

The European Commission will launch the European Union's new Organic Farming Campaign today at the Foire de Libramont agricultural fair in Belgium. Under the campaign slogan: "Organic farming. Good for nature, good for you", the promotional campaign aims to inform consumers about the meaning and benefits of organic farming and food production. The campaign will focus on increasing consumer awareness and recognition of organic products, and especially on young people and children to carry the organic idea into the future.

 

 

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Promotional measures

EUR 45.7 million EU support for the promotion of agricultural products

24/07/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission has approved 31 programmes in 16 Member States (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom) to provide information on and to promote agricultural products in the European Union. The total budget of the programmes running between one and three years is EUR 92.4 million, of which the EU will contribute half. The selected programmes cover organic products, agricultural quality products (PDO, PGI, TSG), dairy products, meat, wine, fruit and vegetables, oil, plants and flowers and products from the Outermost Regions.

 

 

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Repeal of fruit and vegetable marketing standards moves a step closer

23/07/2008

 

European Union Member States yesterday held a preliminary vote on Commission proposals to repeal specific marketing standards for 26 types of fruit and vegetables. While not binding, the vote gives a strong indication that these standards will be repealed when the formal vote is taken later in the year. The Member States did not reach a qualified majority either for or against the proposal. If, after allowing time for appropriate scrutiny by our trading partners, this vote were repeated later in the year, the rules would be repealed under the Commission's responsibility. The Commission's initiative to get rid of these standards followed a declaration made last year during the reform of the Common Market Organisation for fruit and vegetables. It is a major element in the Commission's ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify the rules and cut red tape. The proposal would also allow Member States to exempt fruit and vegetables from specific marketing standards if they are sold with a label "products intended for processing" or equivalent wording. Such products could be either misshapen or under-sized and could for example be used by consumers for cooking or salads etc. In this era of high prices and growing demand, it makes no sense to throw these products away or destroy them. "This is a concrete example of our drive to cut red tape and I will continue to push until it goes through," said Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. "It shouldn't be the EU's job to regulate these things. It is far better to leave it to market operators. It will also cut down on unnecessary waste and benefit consumers." The proposals would maintain specific marketing standards for 10 products which account for 75% of the value of EU trade: apples, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, lettuces, peaches and nectarines, pears, strawberries, sweet peppers, table grapes, tomatoes. Member States could exempt even these from the standards if they were sold in the shops with an appropriate label. They would abolish specific standards for 26 products: apricots, artichokes, asparagus, aubergines, avocadoes, beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflowers, cherries, courgettes, cucumbers, cultivated mushrooms, garlic, hazelnuts in shell, headed cabbage, leeks, melons, onions, peas, plums, ribbed celery, spinach, walnuts in shell, water melons, witloof/chicory, while setting new general minimum standards for the marketing of fruit and vegetables. For practical reasons, all of these changes would be implemented from 1 July 2009.

 

 

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Well-functioning RASFF processes more than 7,300 notifications in 2007

23/07/2008 Also available in:

DE | EL | FR

In 2007 there was a record number of notifications sent to the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) - 7,354 altogether - indicating that this tool which ensures the safety of food for Europeans is functioning well. According to the "2007 RASFF annual report", last year 961 alerts and 2015 information notifications were received, giving rise to 4339 additional information notifications. This high number is mainly attributed to the increase of the additional information notifications  up by 13.5% compared to 2006. Most notifications in 2007 concerned official controls on the internal market (43%), while 42% concerned products from non-EU countries which were blocked at the border by EU control authorities when the risks were identified. Just as in 2006, the product category for which the most alerts were sent was fish products (21%).

 

 

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Mitigating the effects of rising global food prices

Global Food Price Rise: Commission proposes special financing facility worth EUR 1 billion to help developing country farmers

18/07/2008 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

The European Commission today proposed to establish a special "facility for rapid response to soaring food prices in developing countries". The fund would be worth EUR 1 billion and would operate for two years, 2008 and 2009. This money would be in addition to existing development funds and would be taken from unused money from the European Union's agricultural budget. It would be provided to developing countries which are most in need, based on a set of objective criteria. The facility would give priority to supply-side measures, improving access to farm inputs such as fertilisers and seed, possibly through credit, and to safety net measures aimed at improving productive capacity in agriculture. The support would be paid via international organisations, including regional organisations. The proposal falls under the co-decision procedure and the Commission hopes that Council and Parliament can reach agreement by November in order not to lose the unused 2008 money.

 

 

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Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into dairy products merger between Campina and Friesland

17/07/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation into the planned merger between Campina and Friesland Foods, both of The Netherlands and both active in a range of dairy product markets such as milk, cheese and lactose. The Commissions initial market investigation has found that the proposed transaction raises serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market given that the two companies compete on the same dairy product markets. In addition, it is possible that the combination of the two companies' activities will lead to potential supply problems for competitors. The decision to open an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days (until 24 November 2008) to take a final decision on whether the concentration would significantly impede effective competition within the Single Market.

 

 

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Control of agricultural spending: Commission launches procedure to reduce payments to Greece

16/08/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission has launched the procedure aimed at reducing by 10 percent the payments to Greece for area-based agricultural and rural development aid measures because of continuing shortcomings in its national control system. The shortcomings concern principally the existing Greek Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), which is ineffective due to outdated and inaccurate data. An accurate LPIS is, however, essential to ensure the correct management and control of area-based payments. In order to remedy the shortcomings of their existing LPIS, the Greek authorities committed themselves in the context of an Action Plan established in spring 2006 to set up a new operational LPIS by the end of 2008. A recent audit by the Directorate-General for Agriculture shows that this key element of the Greek Action Plan is presently not on schedule.

 

 

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Bioenergy

Commission launches consultation on requirements for a sustainability scheme for biomass for energy purposes

16/07/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission is inviting all stakeholders, including energy companies, project developers, equipment manufacturers, government services, agricultural and forest industry, environmental NGOs and all other interested stakeholders, including from outside the EU, to help identify the need to develop at EU level sustainability criteria for biomass for energy purposes.

 

 

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State aid

Commission thumbs-down for proposed aid to Villasor sugar refinery in Sardinia

16/07/2008 Also available in:

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The European Commission today decided that the EUR 3.5 million in aid that Sardinia had wanted to grant Villasor sugar refinery is not compatible with the rules on State aid in agriculture. The aid had been intended as compensation to the refinery for its losses stemming from the 2001-02 drought on the island. The relevant State aid rules provide for compensation in case of drought only to primary producers and not to processing plants like the Villasor refinery.

 

 

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Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

New blog entry: "CAP reforms have transformed the EU's role in the WTO" (08/08/2008)

Statement to the press after the failure of the Doha Round talks [pdf] (29/07/2008)

Speaking points to the press (Press conference ahead of WTO talks, Brussels, 17/07/2008)

 

 

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Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

"High prices on agricultural commodity markets: situation and prospects" [pdf]

"Agricultural commodity markets - Outlook 2008-2017" [pdf]

All new Organic Farming website

 

 

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Quality products catch the eye: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Budapesti téliszal mi': PGI (OJ C 206 - 13/08/2008, p. 16)

'Wielkopolski ser sma|ony': PGI (OJ C 202 - 08/08/2008, p. 23)

'Gentse azalea': PGI (OJ C 198 - 05/08/2008, p. 13)

'Castagna di Vallerano': PDO (OJ C 190 - 29/07/2008, p. 7)

'Ovos Moles de Aveiro': PGI (OJ C 184 - 22/07/2008, p. 42)

Registrations:

'Acciughe sotto sale del Mar Ligure' (PGI), 'Brussels grondwitloof' (PGI), 'Rufs de Loué' (PGI) (OJ L 207 - 05/08/2008, p. 7)

'Czwórniak' (TSG), 'Dwójniak' (TSG), 'PóBtorak' (TSG), 'Trójniak' (TSG) (OJ L 200 - 29/07/2008, p. 6)

'Afuega'l Pitu' (PDO), 'Mazap n de Toledo' (PGI), 'Agneau de Lozčre' (PGI), 'Oignon doux des Cévennes' (PDO), 'Butelo de Vinhais' or 'Bucho de Vinhais' or 'Chouriço de Ossos de Vinhais' (PGI), 'Chouriça Doce de Vinhais' (PGI) (OJ L 198 - 26/07/2008, p. 28)

'Ail de la Drôme' (PGI), 'Vaestarsk cibule' (PDO), 'Slovensk bryndza' (PGI), 'Ajo Morado de Las Pedrońeras' (PGI), 'Gamoneu' or 'Gamonedo' (PDO), 'Alheira de Vinhais' (PGI), 'Presunto de Vinhais' or 'Presunto Bísaro de Vinhais' (PGI) (OJ L 189 - 17/07/2008, p. 19)

Arroz Carolino das Lezírias Ribatejanas (PGI) (OJ L 188 - 16/07/2008, p. 16)

Amendment of specifications:

Laguiole (PDO) (OJ L 209 - 06/08/2008, p. 3)

Radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco (PGI) (OJ L 209 - 06/08/2008, p. 5)

Radicchio Rosso di Treviso (PGI) (OJ L 209 - 06/08/2008, p. 7)

Carnalentejana: PDO (OJ L 200 - 29/07/2008, p. 8)

 

 

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Calls for tender

Calls for tender

Contract notices are available in all official EU languages.

Important notice: This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on to Tenders electronic daily.

"Evaluation of the implementation of the farm advisory system": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 27/10/2008]

 

"Evaluation of the implementation of the European Union Forest Action Plan": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 07/10/2008]

 

"Evaluation of measures carried out for the outermost regions (POSEI) and the smaller islands of the Aegean Sea within the context of the common agricultural policy": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 01/10/2008]

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION - AGRICULTURE NEWS DIGEST

No. 189, 13 August 2008

 

Contents:

 (1) Export refunds for fresh and frozen pig meat suspended

 (2) Annual crop yield forecast: European Commission foresees above average

     cereals harvest for 2008

 (3) Commission invites submission of posters for forthcoming conference

     on School Fruit Scheme

 (4) Agreement reached to liberalise trade in Agricultural and Fishery

     Products between the EU and Israel

 (5) Vacancy for Deputy Director at the International Olive Council

 (6) Wine reform enters into force on 1 August 2008

 (7) Organic Farming: European Commission launches new promotional campaign

     for organic food and farming

 (8) EUR 45.7 million EU support for the promotion of agricultural products

 (9) Repeal of fruit and vegetable marketing standards moves a step closer

(10) Well-functioning RASFF processes more than 7,300 notifications in 2007

(11) Global Food Price Rise: Commission proposes special financing facility

     worth EUR 1 billion to help developing country farmers

(12) Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into dairy products

     merger between Campina and Friesland

(13) Control of agricultural spending: Commission launches procedure to

     reduce payments to Greece

(14) Commission launches consultation on requirements for a sustainability

     scheme for biomass for energy purposes

(15) Commission thumbs-down for proposed aid to Villasor sugar refinery in

     Sardinia

(16) Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

(17) What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development"

     web site?

(18) Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

(19) Calls for tender

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(1) EXPORT REFUNDS FOR FRESH AND FROZEN PIG MEAT SUSPENDED

 

08/08/2008 - A proposal from the European Commission to set the export

refunds for fresh and frozen pig meat at zero has been discussed by the

Management Committee for the Common organisation of agricultural markets

yesterday. The export refunds (EUR 31.1/100 kg for carcasses and cuts and

EUR 19.4/100 kg for bellies) were re-introduced in November 2007, as a

temporary measure to respond to the difficult market situation due to the

combination of over-supply of EU production and high feed costs. Helped

by the increased refunds and the introduction of private storage aid, the

EU pig meat market started to recover since the beginning of this year:

Pig carcass prices are now on average about 30% higher than in November

2007, EU exports increased considerably and feed costs are decreasing.

Furthermore, EU pig meat production is forecast to decrease significantly

in the second half of 2008. Given all those elements, the Commission

decided to set the refunds for fresh and frozen carcasses, cuts and bellies

back at zero, starting from today. The Commission will continue to monitor

the market situation closely and, if appropriate, take further action.

 

 

(2) ANNUAL CROP YIELD FORECAST: EUROPEAN COMMISSION FORESEES ABOVE AVERAGE

CEREALS HARVEST FOR 2008

 

07/08/2008 - Favourable weather conditions and an increase in the planted

area farmed should lead to a total cereals harvest close to 301 M tonnes

for this year in the European Union, 43 M tonnes more than in 2007. This

represents an increase of 16% on the 2007 harvest and 9% on the past five

years' average production. This forecast, published today by the European

Commission, is based on an updated analysis by the Commission's in-house

scientific service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), using an advanced

crop yield forecasting system.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1251&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Detailed forecasts by crop and country at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/537&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(3) COMMISSION INVITES SUBMISSION OF POSTERS FOR FORTHCOMING CONFERENCE ON

SCHOOL FRUIT SCHEME

 

05/08/2008 - On 8 July 2008, the European Commission presented its

proposal for the introduction of an EU-wide School Fruit Scheme (SFS).

In order to kick-start the linked networking activities, the Commission

is now organising a major conference, bringing together experts from all

Member states. This event will take place in Brussels in December 2008.

As part of this conference there will be a poster exhibition of best

practice models to provide SFS project promoters and stakeholders with

examples for establishing or improving a School Fruit Scheme. Interested

parties are now invited to submit models as posters for this exhibition.

These posters must be designed to deliver 'operational' information in an

easily understandable way. The posters will be exhibited during the

conference and published on the Europa website.

 

Full details on how to submit best practice models at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/markets/fruitveg/sfs/events/conference/index_en.htm

 

 

(4) AGREEMENT REACHED TO LIBERALISE TRADE IN AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERY

PRODUCTS BETWEEN THE EU AND ISRAEL

 

01/08/2008 - Negotiators have reached a preliminary agreement to further

liberalise trade in agricultural and processed agricultural products and

fish and fishery products between the European Union and the State of

Israel, following technical verification of the Common Understanding

reached on 30 April 2008 in Bet-Dagan (Israel) on bilateral tariff

concessions. This will form the basis of a future agreement, subject to

completion of both sides' internal procedures. The new trade concessions

represent a major step forward in the integration of the EU and Israeli

markets.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1233&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(5) VACANCY FOR DEPUTY DIRECTOR AT THE INTERNATIONAL OLIVE COUNCIL

 

01/08/2008 - As the intergovernmental organisation in charge of

administering the 2005 International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table

Olives, the International Olive Council (IOC) is a unique multilateral

organisation working for world olive farming. The European Community is

a member of the IOC, where it represents 27 Member States and makes a

substantial contribution to its operational budgets. A vacancy has now

arisen for the post of Deputy Director responsible for administration

and financial affairs, studies and evaluations, until November 2010,

subsequently to be appointed Executive Director until 2014. The post is

based in Madrid in the IOC Executive Secretariat, whose job it is to help

the Council of Members and its Committees carry through the duties they

are assigned under the International Agreement. EU citizens are invited

to find out more from the Vacancy Notice and application details published

today.

 

Vacancy Notice and application details at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/ioc/vacancy_en.htm

 

 

(6) WINE REFORM ENTERS INTO FORCE ON 1 AUGUST 2008

 

01/08/2008 - Today marks the entry into force of the wide-ranging reform

of the Common Market Organisation for wine on which agriculture ministers

reached agreement in December 2007. The changes will bring balance to the

wine market, phase out wasteful and expensive market intervention measures

and allow the budget to be used for more positive, proactive measures which

will boost the competitiveness of European wines. The reform provides for

a fast restructuring of the wine sector in that it includes a voluntary,

three-year grubbing-up scheme to provide an alternative for uncompetitive

producers and to remove surplus and uncompetitive wine from the market.

Subsidies for crisis distillation and potable alcohol distillation will

be phased out and the money, allocated in national envelopes, can be used

for measures like wine promotion on third country markets, innovation,

restructuring and modernisation of vineyards and cellars. The reform will

ensure environmental protection in wine-growing regions, safeguard

traditional and well-established quality policies and simplify labelling

rules, for the benefit of producers and consumers alike. The very

restrictive planting rights system will also be abolished at EU level

from 1 January 2016 onwards. Most of the measures in the reform package

come into force on 1 August 2008. Those relating to labelling, wine-making

practices and Geographical Indications enter into force on 1 August 2009.

 

 

(7) ORGANIC FARMING: EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHES NEW PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN

FOR ORGANIC FOOD AND FARMING

 

25/07/2008 - The European Commission will launch the European Union's new

Organic Farming Campaign today at the Foire de Libramont agricultural fair

in Belgium. Under the campaign slogan: "Organic farming. Good for nature,

good for you", the promotional campaign aims to inform consumers about

the meaning and benefits of organic farming and food production. The

campaign will focus on increasing consumer awareness and recognition of

organic products, and especially on young people and children to carry

the organic idea into the future.

 

New 'Organic Farming' website at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/home_en

 

 

(8) EUR 45.7 MILLION EU SUPPORT FOR THE PROMOTION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

 

24/07/2008 - The European Commission has approved 31 programmes in 16

Member States (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy,

Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia,

Sweden and the United Kingdom) to provide information on and to promote

agricultural products in the European Union. The total budget of the

programmes running between one and three years is EUR 92.4 million, of

which the EU will contribute half. The selected programmes cover organic

products, agricultural quality products (PDO, PGI, TSG), dairy products,

meat, wine, fruit and vegetables, oil, plants and flowers and products

from the Outermost Regions.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1206&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(9) REPEAL OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MARKETING STANDARDS MOVES A STEP CLOSER

 

23/07/2008 - European Union Member States yesterday held a preliminary

vote on Commission proposals to repeal specific marketing standards for

26 types of fruit and vegetables. While not binding, the vote gives a

strong indication that these standards will be repealed when the formal

vote is taken later in the year. The Member States did not reach a

qualified majority either for or against the proposal. If, after allowing

time for appropriate scrutiny by our trading partners, this vote were

repeated later in the year, the rules would be repealed under the

Commission's responsibility. The Commission's initiative to get rid of

these standards followed a declaration made last year during the reform

of the Common Market Organisation for fruit and vegetables. It is a major

element in the Commission's ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify

the rules and cut red tape. The proposal would also allow Member States

to exempt fruit and vegetables from specific marketing standards if they

are sold with a label "products intended for processing" or equivalent

wording. Such products could be either misshapen or under-sized and could

for example be used by consumers for cooking or salads etc. In this era

of high prices and growing demand, it makes no sense to throw these

products away or destroy them. "This is a concrete example of our drive

to cut red tape and I will continue to push until it goes through," said

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

"It shouldn't be the EU's job to regulate these things. It is far better

to leave it to market operators. It will also cut down on unnecessary

waste and benefit consumers." The proposals would maintain specific

marketing standards for 10 products which account for 75% of the value

of EU trade: apples, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, lettuces, peaches and

nectarines, pears, strawberries, sweet peppers, table grapes, tomatoes.

Member States could exempt even these from the standards if they were

sold in the shops with an appropriate label. They would abolish specific

standards for 26 products: apricots, artichokes, asparagus, aubergines,

avocadoes, beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflowers, cherries,

courgettes, cucumbers, cultivated mushrooms, garlic, hazelnuts in shell,

headed cabbage, leeks, melons, onions, peas, plums, ribbed celery,

spinach, walnuts in shell, water melons, witloof/chicory, while setting

new general minimum standards for the marketing of fruit and vegetables.

For practical reasons, all of these changes would be implemented from

1 July 2009.

 

 

(10) WELL-FUNCTIONING RASFF PROCESSES MORE THAN 7,300 NOTIFICATIONS IN 2007

 

23/07/2008 - In 2007 there was a record number of notifications sent to

the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) - 7,354 altogether -

indicating that this tool which ensures the safety of food for Europeans

is functioning well. According to the "2007 RASFF annual report", last

year 961 alerts and 2015 information notifications were received, giving

rise to 4339 additional information notifications. This high number is

mainly attributed to the increase of the additional information

notifications - up by 13.5% compared to 2006. Most notifications in 2007

concerned official controls on the internal market (43%), while 42%

concerned products from non-EU countries which were blocked at the border

by EU control authorities when the risks were identified. Just as in 2006,

the product category for which the most alerts were sent was fish products

(21%).

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1194&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(11) GLOBAL FOOD PRICE RISE: COMMISSION PROPOSES SPECIAL FINANCING

FACILITY WORTH EUR 1 BILLION TO HELP DEVELOPING COUNTRY FARMERS

 

18/07/2008 - The European Commission today proposed to establish a special

"facility for rapid response to soaring food prices in developing

countries". The fund would be worth EUR 1 billion and would operate for

two years, 2008 and 2009. This money would be in addition to existing

development funds and would be taken from unused money from the European

Union's agricultural budget. It would be provided to developing countries

which are most in need, based on a set of objective criteria. The facility

would give priority to supply-side measures, improving access to farm

inputs such as fertilisers and seed, possibly through credit, and to

safety net measures aimed at improving productive capacity in agriculture.

The support would be paid via international organisations, including

regional organisations. The proposal falls under the co-decision procedure

and the Commission hopes that Council and Parliament can reach agreement

by November in order not to lose the unused 2008 money.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1186&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(12) MERGERS: COMMISSION OPENS IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION INTO DAIRY PRODUCTS

MERGER BETWEEN CAMPINA AND FRIESLAND

 

17/07/2008 - The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation

under the EU Merger Regulation into the planned merger between Campina

and Friesland Foods, both of The Netherlands and both active in a range of

dairy product markets such as milk, cheese and lactose. The Commission's

initial market investigation has found that the proposed transaction raises

serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market given that

the two companies? compete on the same dairy product markets. In addition,

it is possible that the combination of the two companies' activities will

lead to potential supply problems for competitors. The decision to open an

in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation.

The Commission now has 90 working days (until 24 November 2008) to take a

final decision on whether the concentration would significantly impede

effective competition within the Single Market.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1182&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(13) CONTROL OF AGRICULTURAL SPENDING: COMMISSION LAUNCHES PROCEDURE TO

REDUCE PAYMENTS TO GREECE

 

16/08/2008 - The European Commission has launched the procedure aimed at

reducing by 10% the payments to Greece for area-based agricultural and

rural development aid measures because of continuing shortcomings in its

national control system. The shortcomings concern principally the existing

Greek Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), which is ineffective due

to outdated and inaccurate data. An accurate LPIS is, however, essential

to ensure the correct management and control of area-based payments. In

order to remedy the shortcomings of their existing LPIS, the Greek

authorities committed themselves in the context of an Action Plan

established in spring 2006 to set up a new operational LPIS by the end

of 2008. A recent audit by the Directorate-General for Agriculture shows

that this key element of the Greek Action Plan is presently not on

schedule.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1167&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(14) COMMISSION LAUNCHES CONSULTATION ON REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUSTAINABILITY

SCHEME FOR BIOMASS FOR ENERGY PURPOSES

 

16/07/2008 - The European Commission is inviting all stakeholders,

including energy companies, project developers, equipment manufacturers,

government services, agricultural and forest industry, environmental NGOs

and all other interested stakeholders, including from outside the EU, to

help identify the need to develop at EU level sustainability criteria for

biomass for energy purposes.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1160&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(15) COMMISSION THUMBS-DOWN FOR PROPOSED AID TO VILLASOR SUGAR REFINERY

IN SARDINIA

 

16/07/2008 - The European Commission today decided that the EUR 3.5 million

in aid that Sardinia had wanted to grant Villasor sugar refinery is not

compatible with the rules on State aid in agriculture. The aid had been

intended as compensation to the refinery for its losses stemming from the

2001-02 drought on the island. The relevant State aid rules provide for

compensation in case of drought only to primary producers and not to

processing plants like the Villasor refinery.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1168&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(16) COMMISSIONER FISCHER BOEL: SPEECHES AND BLOG ENTRIES

 

New blog entry: "CAP reforms have transformed the EU's role in the WTO"

(08/08/2008)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/cap-reforms-have-transformed-the-eus-role-in-the-wto/

 

Statement to the press after the failure of the Doha Round talks

(29/07/2008)

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_barroso/fischer-boel/doha/geneva290708_en.pdf

 

Speaking points to the press (Press conference ahead of WTO talks,

Brussels, 17/07/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/397&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(17) WHAT'S NEW ON THE COMMISSION'S "AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT"

WEB SITE?

 

"High prices on agricultural commodity markets: situation and prospects"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/analysis/tradepol/worldmarkets/high_prices_en.pdf

 

"Agricultural commodity markets - Outlook 2008-2017"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/analysis/tradepol/worldmarkets/outlook/2008_2017_en.pdf

 

All new Organic Farming website

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/splash_en

 

 

(18) REGISTRATION AS PDO, PGI OR TSG

 

Applications for registration:

'Budapesti téliszal mi': PGI (OJ C 206, 13/08/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:206:0016:0019:EN:PDF

 

'Wielkopolski ser sma?ony': PGI (OJ C 202, 08/08/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:202:0023:0027:EN:PDF

 

'Gentse azalea': PGI (OJ C 198, 05/08/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:198:0013:0015:EN:PDF

 

'Castagna di Vallerano': PDO (OJ C 190, 29/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:190:0007:0010:EN:PDF

 

'Ovos Moles de Aveiro': PGI (OJ C 184, 22/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:184:0042:0045:EN:PDF

 

Registrations:

'Acciughe sotto sale del Mar Ligure' (PGI), 'Brussels grondwitloof' (PGI),

'?ufs de Loué' (PGI) (OJ L 207, 05/08/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:207:0007:0008:EN:PDF

 

'Czwórniak' (TSG), 'Dwójniak' (TSG), 'Pó?torak' (TSG), 'Trójniak' (TSG)

(OJ L 200, 29/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:200:0006:0007:EN:PDF

 

'Afuega'l Pitu' (PDO), 'Mazap n de Toledo' (PGI), 'Agneau de Lozčre' (PGI),

'Oignon doux des Cévennes' (PDO), 'Butelo de Vinhais' or 'Bucho de Vinhais'

or 'Chouriço de Ossos de Vinhais' (PGI), 'Chouriça Doce de Vinhais' (PGI)

(OJ L 198, 26/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:198:0028:0029:EN:PDF

 

'Ail de la Drôme' (PGI), 'V?estarsk  cibule' (PDO), 'Slovensk  bryndza'

(PGI), 'Ajo Morado de Las Pedrońeras' (PGI), 'Gamoneu' or 'Gamonedo' (PDO),

'Alheira de Vinhais' (PGI), 'Presunto de Vinhais' or 'Presunto Bísaro de

Vinhais' (PGI) (OJ L 189, 17/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:189:0019:0020:EN:PDF

 

Arroz Carolino das Lezírias Ribatejanas (PGI) (OJ L 188, 16/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:188:0016:0017:EN:PDF

 

Amendment of specifications:

Laguiole (PDO) (OJ L 209, 06/08/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:209:0003:0004:EN:PDF

 

Radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco (PGI) (OJ L 209, 06/08/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:209:0005:0006:EN:PDF

 

Radicchio Rosso di Treviso (PGI) (OJ L 209, 06/08/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:209:0007:0008:EN:PDF

 

Carnalentejana: PDO (OJ L 200, 29/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:200:0008:0009:EN:PDF

 

 

(19) CALLS FOR TENDER

 

"Evaluation of the implementation of the farm advisory system"

[Deadline for submission: 27/10/2008]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/201459/index_en.htm

 

"Evaluation of the implementation of the European Union Forest Action Plan"

[Deadline for submission: 07/10/2008]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/185305/index_en.htm

 

"Evaluation of measures carried out for the outermost regions (POSEI) and

the smaller islands of the Aegean Sea within the context of the common

agricultural policy"

[Deadline for submission: 01/10/2008]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/180434/index_en.htm

 

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No. 188 - 15 July 2008Agriculture on Europa

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European School Milk scheme

School Milk: New scheme boosts consumption and healthier consumer habits

11/07/2008Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

In response to the requests and suggestions of Member States and the European Parliament, the European Commission has adopted a new version of the EU School Milk Scheme with simple and clear implementation rules that provides a larger range of healthy dairy products to more children.

Details

 

 

Top

 

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections of traders and distributors of cereals and other agricultural products

10/07/2008

 

The European Commission can confirm that on 10 July 2008 Commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of traders and distributors of cereals and other agricultural products for human consumption and animal feed in two Member States. The Commission has reason to believe that the companies concerned may have violated EC Treaty rules on cartels and restrictive business practices (Article 81). The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.

 

Surprise inspections are a preliminary step in investigations into suspected cartels. The fact that the European Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour; nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself. The European Commission respects the rights of defence, in particular the right of companies to be heard in antitrust proceedings.

 

There is no strict deadline to complete cartel inquiries. Their duration depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of each case, the extent to which the undertakings concerned co-operate and the exercise of the rights of defence.

 

Top

 

Commission to recover EUR 410.3 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

09/07/2008Also available in:

DE | EL | ES | FR | IT | NL | PL | SV

A total of EUR 410.3 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States is claimed back as a result of a decision adopted by the European Commission. The money returns to the Community budget because of inadequate control procedures or non-compliance with EU rules on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.

Under this latest decision, the 28th since the 1995 reform of the system for recovering unduly spent CAP money, funds will be recovered from Germany, Spain, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.

 

 

Top

School Fruit Scheme

Commission proposes School Fruit Scheme worth EUR 90 million per year

08/07/2008 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

The European Commission today proposed to establish a European Union-wide scheme to provide free fruit and vegetables to school children. European funds worth EUR 90 million every year would pay for the purchase and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables to schools, and this money would be matched by national funds in those Member States which chose to make use of the programme. This is the latest stage in the Commission's efforts to improve health and nutrition, as set out in the 'Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity and related health issues'. The School Fruit Scheme aims to encourage good eating habits in young people, which studies show tend to be carried on into later life. Besides providing free fruit and vegetables, the scheme would require participating Member States to set up national strategies including educational and awareness-raising initiatives and the sharing of best practice. An estimated 22 million children in the EU are overweight. More than 5 million these are obese and this figure is expected to rise by 400,000 every year. Improved nutrition can play an important part in combating this problem. The proposal will now be sent to the Council and European Parliament.

Details

 

 

Top

 

Agreement reached to liberalise trade in Agricultural and Fishery Products between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt

04/07/2008 Also available in:

DE | EL | ES | FR | IT

A preliminary agreement has been reached by negotiators to further liberalise trade in agricultural, processed agricultural and fish and fishery products between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt. This will form the basis of a future agreement, subject to completion of both sides' internal procedures. The agreement will give the EU free and immediate access to the Egyptian market for around 90 percent of agriculture and fisheries exports. There will be full liberalisation for all products except tobacco, wines and spirits and pig meat, for which current arrangements will remain in place. For confectionery, chocolate, pasta and bakery products, duties will be halved. In return, the EU market will be liberalised for all products except tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes, courgettes, table grapes, garlic, strawberries, rice, sugar, processed products with high sugar content and processed tuna and sardines, where current arrangements will also continue to apply.

 

 

Top

 

Member States agree in principle to abolish obligatory set-aside

01/07/2008 Also available in:

DA | DE | EL | ES | FR | IT | MT | NL | SL | FI | SV

At a meeting of the Special Committee for Agriculture on Monday, the outgoing Presidency of the EU Council concluded that the vast majority of Member States will agree to abolish set-aside as proposed by the Commission in its CAP Health Check proposals. The change comes in response to the increasingly tight situation on the cereals market. Under these circumstances, farmers can already benefit from the measure as from their autumn 2008 and spring 2009 sowings. The end of the set-aside scheme will allow farmers to adjust their planting decisions and respond in advance to new market circumstances.

 

 

Top

 

Import of fresh meat from South America

01/07/2008

 

The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health today supported a Commission proposal to allow imports of fresh meat from the additional areas in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, which are in a position to comply with EC import requirements. Recently, the competent authorities of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay have made considerable efforts to improve the animal health situation in their respective countries, and in particular as regards foot and mouth disease (FMD). Their efforts were recognised internationally by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and confirmed by recent Commission inspections. In Argentina, a new region termed "Patagonia North B" and corresponding to parts of the provinces of Neuquén and Rio Negro has been allowed to export to the EU bone-in fresh meat from ovine, caprine, bovine and game animals following its recognition of free of FMD) without vaccination by the OIE, and favourable Commission inspections. Other regions of Argentina continue to be authorised for export to the EU of de-boned fresh meat from bovine animals and other farmed ruminants. In Brazil, the States of Paran and Sâo Paulo have been authorised for export to the EU of de-boned and matured beef, following their recognition as free of FMD with vaccination by the OIE. In 2005, those States were excluded from the list of the Brazilian territories allowed to export beef to the EU following outbreaks of FMD. The special import requirements for Brazilian beef established with Decision 2008/61/EC limiting exports to meat obtained from animals from holdings approved by the Brazilian authorities will also apply to Paran and Sâo Paulo. Paraguay has been authorised for export to the EU of de-boned and matured bovine meat, following its recognition as free of FMD with vaccination by the OIE and favourable Commission inspections.

 

 

Top

 

"Cioccolato puro" - Commission referral to Court of Justice

26/06/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR | IT

The Commission has decided to refer Italy to the Court of Justice for failing to amend its legislation on the labelling of chocolate products. The Commission considers that the indication "pure chocolate" in no way guarantees accurate, neutral and objective information for the consumer, and it is insisting on compliance with the Directive in force on the labelling of these products. Referral to the Court of Justice constitutes the third stage of the infringement proceedings provided for by Article 226 of the EC Treaty.

 

 

Top

 

Commission refers Italy to the ECJ for not complying with labelling legislation and marketing standards for poultry meat

26/06/2008

 

The European Commission referred Italy to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday for failure to comply with EU legislation on the labelling of foodstuffs and on marketing standards for poultry meat. The Court referral follows the letter of formal notice sent in October 2006 and a reasoned opinion sent in July 2007. The referral to the ECJ is the next step in the infringement procedure. Under an Order adopted in August 2005, last amended in December 2007, Italian producers and the first recipients of poultry meat are obliged to indicate the Member State of origin of the meat for poultry meat coming from other Member States and third countries. This measure contravenes EU rules on food labelling and the marketing of poultry. It could cause market discrimination and hamper the Internal Market and trade. The Italian authorities claimed that these labelling measures were taken to prevent consumers from being misled on the origin of the poultry meat and that they aimed to increase the traceability of poultry products so that, in the event of an avian flu outbreak, poultry meat could be rapidly traced and withdrawn from the market. However, the Commission finds no justification for the Italian rules. There are harmonised rules on food labelling ensuring that consumers are properly informed and not misled while strict EU veterinary legislation ensures that any poultry meat placed on the EU market is safe. According to the Regulation on the marketing of poultry meat, Member States can only require the labelling of origin in the case of poultry meat imported from third countries.

 

 

Top

Rural Development policy 2007-2013

Rural Development programme of the Spanish national rural network for the period 2007-2013 agreed

26/06/2008 Also available in:

DE | ES | FR

Yesterday the Rural Development Committee (consisting of representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the Rural Development programme of the Spanish national rural network for the financial period 2007-2013. Specific Rural Development programmes for each of the Spanish regions have already been approved. These programmes are defined to guarantee infrastructure, create new income opportunities for rural regions, promote growth and fight unemployment. The Commission still has to formally adopt the programme in the next weeks.

Details

 

 

Top

 

CAP Reform: Commission welcomes adoption of reformed cotton support scheme

23/06/2008 Also available in:

BG | DE | EL | ES | FR | PT

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, welcomed today's adoption by the Council of the reformed EU cotton support scheme. The reform maintains 65 % of aid "decoupled" (i.e. no longer linked to production) and 35 % linked to cotton production in the form of area payments. National restructuring programmes are created to facilitate restructuring in the cotton ginning industry and to enhance quality and marketing of the cotton produced. The new scheme will replace the current support arrangement, which was annulled by the European Court of Justice on 7 September 2006.

 

 

Top

 

The Common Agricultural Policy: sorting the facts from the fiction

20/06/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the key European Union policies and one of the building blocks on which the EU was built. Much has been said and written about the CAP over the years, some of it true and some of it false. The CAP has been accused of many things and been made the scapegoat for many ills.

 

The following text responds to some of the popular misconceptions about the CAP.

 

 

Top

Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

Blog entry: "Water management: far from a dry debate" (15/07/2008)

"Climate change and water challenges for farmers"

(Expo Zaragoza 2008 on Water and Sustainable Development, Zaragoza, Spain, 11/07/2008)

Blog entry: "Fruit and Veg for better health!" (09/07/2008)

"Who will feed the World? The answers from the EU"

(Conference: "Who will feed the World?", Brussels, 03/07/2008)

"The CAP Health Check explained"

(PES Seminar on the Health Check and Legislative Package, EP, Brussels, 02/072008)

"Beef production in Europe: getting the policy framework right"

(25th anniversary of Assocarni - Associazione Nazionale Industria e Commercio Carni e Bestiame, Rome, 27/06/2008)

"We want more agriculture for our future"

(Conference organised by CIA - Confederazione Italiana Agricultori, Lecce, Italy, 19/06/2008)

 

 

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Quality products catch the eye: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Melva de Andalucía': PGI (OJ C 177 - 12/07/2008, p. 18)

'Caballa de Andalucía': PGI (OJ C 177 - 12/07/2008, p. 21)

Registrations:

'Chamomilla Bohemica' (PDO), 'Vlaams-Brabantse tafeldruif' (PDO), 'Slovensk parenica' (PGI), 'Cipollotto Nocerino' (PDO) (OJ L 183 - 11/07/2008, p. 15)

 

 

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Calls for tender

Calls for tender

Contract notices are available in all official EU languages.

Important notice: This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on to Tenders electronic daily.

"Evaluation of measures carried out for the outermost regions (POSEI) and the smaller islands of the Aegean Sea within the context of the common agricultural policy": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 01/10/2008]

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION - AGRICULTURE NEWS DIGEST

No. 188, 15 July 2008

 

Contents:

 (1) School Milk: New scheme boosts consumption and healthier consumer

     habits

 (2) Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections of traders

     and distributors of cereals and other agricultural products

 (3) Commission to recover EUR 410.3 million of CAP expenditure from the

     Member States

 (4) Commission proposes School Fruit Scheme worth EUR 90 million per year

 (5) Agreement reached to liberalise trade in Agricultural and Fishery

     Products between the EU and Egypt

 (6) Member States agree in principle to abolish obligatory set-aside

 (7) Import of fresh meat from South America

 (8) "Cioccolato puro": Commission referral to Court of Justice

 (9) Commission refers Italy to the ECJ for not complying with labelling

     legislation and marketing standards for poultry meat

(10) Rural Development programme of the Spanish national rural network for

     2007-2013 agreed

(11) CAP Reform: Commission welcomes adoption of reformed cotton support

     scheme

(12) The Common Agricultural Policy: sorting the facts from the fiction

(13) Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

(14) Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

(15) Calls for tender

 

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(1) SCHOOL MILK: NEW SCHEME BOOSTS CONSUMPTION AND HEALTHIER CONSUMER

HABITS

 

11/07/2008 - In response to the requests and suggestions of Member States

and the European Parliament, the European Commission has adopted a new

version of the EU School Milk Scheme with simple and clear implementation

rules that provides a larger range of healthy dairy products to more

children.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1131&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Details at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/markets/milk/schoolmilk/index_en.htm

 

 

(2) ANTITRUST: COMMISSION CARRIES OUT UNANNOUNCED INSPECTIONS OF TRADERS

AND DISTRIBUTORS OF CEREALS AND OTHER AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

 

11/07/2008 - The European Commission can confirm that on 10 July 2008

Commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises

of traders and distributors of cereals and other agricultural products for

human consumption and animal feed in two Member States. The Commission has

reason to believe that the companies concerned may have violated EC Treaty

rules on cartels and restrictive business practices (Article 81). The

Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the

relevant national competition authorities.

Surprise inspections are a preliminary step in investigations into

suspected cartels. The fact that the European Commission carries out such

inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive

behaviour; nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself.

The European Commission respects the rights of defence, in particular the

right of companies to be heard in antitrust proceedings.

There is no strict deadline to complete cartel inquiries. Their duration

depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of each case,

the extent to which the undertakings concerned co-operate and the exercise

of the rights of defence.

 

 

(3) COMMISSION TO RECOVER EUR 410.3 MILLION OF CAP EXPENDITURE FROM THE

MEMBER STATES

 

09/07/2008 - A total of EUR 410.3 million of EU farm money unduly spent by

Member States is claimed back as a result of a decision adopted by the

European Commission. The money returns to the Community budget because of

inadequate control procedures or non-compliance with EU rules on

agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out

and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and

the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct

use of the funds.

Under this latest decision, the 28th since the 1995 reform of the system

for recovering unduly spent CAP money, funds will be recovered from

Germany, Spain, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands,

Poland and Sweden.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1123&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(4) COMMISSION PROPOSES SCHOOL FRUIT SCHEME WORTH EUR 90 MILLION PER YEAR

 

08/07/2008 - The European Commission today proposed to establish a

European Union-wide scheme to provide free fruit and vegetables to school

children. European funds worth EUR 90 million every year would pay for the

purchase and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables to schools, and

this money would be matched by national funds in those Member States which

chose to make use of the programme. This is the latest stage in the

Commission's efforts to improve health and nutrition, as set out in the

'Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity and related

health issues'. The School Fruit Scheme aims to encourage good eating

habits in young people, which studies show tend to be carried on into

later life. Besides providing free fruit and vegetables, the scheme would

require participating Member States to set up national strategies including

educational and awareness-raising initiatives and the sharing of best

practice. An estimated 22 million children in the EU are overweight. More

than 5 million these are obese and this figure is expected to rise by

400,000 every year. Improved nutrition can play an important part in

combating this problem. The proposal will now be sent to the Council and

European Parliament.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1116&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Details at

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/markets/fruitveg/sfs/index_en.htm

 

 

(5) AGREEMENT REACHED TO LIBERALISE TRADE IN AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERY

PRODUCTS BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

 

04/07/2008 - A preliminary agreement has been reached by negotiators to

further liberalise trade in agricultural, processed agricultural and fish

and fishery products between the European Union and the Arab Republic of

Egypt. This will form the basis of a future agreement, subject to

completion of both sides' internal procedures. The agreement will give the

EU free and immediate access to the Egyptian market for around 90 percent

of agriculture and fisheries exports. There will be full liberalisation

for all products except tobacco, wines and spirits and pig meat, for which

current arrangements will remain in place. For confectionery, chocolate,

pasta and bakery products, duties will be halved. In return, the EU market

will be liberalised for all products except tomatoes, cucumbers,

artichokes, courgettes, table grapes, garlic, strawberries, rice, sugar,

processed products with high sugar content and processed tuna and sardines,

where current arrangements will also continue to apply.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1104&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(6) MEMBER STATES AGREE IN PRINCIPLE TO ABOLISH OBLIGATORY SET-ASIDE

 

01/07/2008 - At a meeting of the Special Committee for Agriculture on

Monday, the outgoing Presidency of the EU Council concluded that the vast

majority of Member States will agree to abolish set-aside as proposed by

the Commission in its CAP Health Check proposals. The change comes in

response to the increasingly tight situation on the cereals market. Under

these circumstances, farmers can already benefit from the measure as

from their autumn 2008 and spring 2009 sowings. The end of the set-aside

scheme will allow farmers to adjust their planting decisions and respond

in advance to new market circumstances.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1069&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(7) IMPORT OF FRESH MEAT FROM SOUTH AMERICA

 

01/07/2008 - The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health

today supported a Commission proposal to allow imports of fresh meat from

the additional areas in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, which are in a

position to comply with EC import requirements. Recently, the competent

authorities of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay have made considerable

efforts to improve the animal health situation in their respective

countries, and in particular as regards foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Their efforts were recognised internationally by the World Organisation

for Animal Health (OIE) and confirmed by recent Commission inspections.

In Argentina, a new region termed "Patagonia North B" and corresponding

to parts of the provinces of Neuquén and Rio Negro has been allowed to

export to the EU bone-in fresh meat from ovine, caprine, bovine and game

animals following its recognition of free of FMD) without vaccination by

the OIE, and favourable Commission inspections. Other regions of Argentina

continue to be authorised for export to the EU of de-boned fresh meat

from bovine animals and other farmed ruminants. In Brazil, the States of

Paran  and Sâo Paulo have been authorised for export to the EU of de-boned

and matured beef, following their recognition as free of FMD with

vaccination by the OIE. In 2005, those States were excluded from the list

of the Brazilian territories allowed to export beef to the EU following

outbreaks of FMD. The special import requirements for Brazilian beef

established with Decision 2008/61/EC limiting exports to meat obtained

from animals from holdings approved by the Brazilian authorities will

also apply to Paran  and Sâo Paulo. Paraguay has been authorised for

export to the EU of de-boned and matured bovine meat, following its

recognition as free of FMD with vaccination by the OIE and favourable

Commission inspections.

 

 

(8) "CIOCCOLATO PURO": COMMISSION REFERRAL TO COURT OF JUSTICE

 

26/06/2008 - The Commission has decided to refer Italy to the Court of

Justice for failing to amend its legislation on the labelling of chocolate

products. The Commission considers that the indication "pure chocolate"

in no way guarantees accurate, neutral and objective information for the

consumer, and it is insisting on compliance with the Directive in force

on the labelling of these products. Referral to the Court of Justice

constitutes the third stage of the infringement proceedings provided for

by Article 226 of the EC Treaty.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1041&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(9) COMMISSION REFERS ITALY TO THE ECJ FOR NOT COMPLYING WITH LABELLING

LEGISLATION AND MARKETING STANDARDS FOR POULTRY MEAT

 

26/06/2008 - The European Commission referred Italy to the European Court

of Justice (ECJ) yesterday for failure to comply with EU legislation on

the labelling of foodstuffs and on marketing standards for poultry meat.

The Court referral follows the letter of formal notice sent in October

2006 and a reasoned opinion sent in July 2007. The referral to the ECJ is

the next step in the infringement procedure. Under an Order adopted in

August 2005, last amended in December 2007, Italian producers and the

first recipients of poultry meat are obliged to indicate the Member State

of origin of the meat for poultry meat coming from other Member States and

third countries. This measure contravenes EU rules on food labelling and

the marketing of poultry. It could cause market discrimination and hamper

the Internal Market and trade. The Italian authorities claimed that these

labelling measures were taken to prevent consumers from being misled on

the origin of the poultry meat and that they aimed to increase the

traceability of poultry products so that, in the event of an avian flu

outbreak, poultry meat could be rapidly traced and withdrawn from the

market. However, the Commission finds no justification for the Italian

rules. There are harmonised rules on food labelling ensuring that

consumers are properly informed and not misled while strict EU veterinary

legislation ensures that any poultry meat placed on the EU market is safe.

According to the Regulation on the marketing of poultry meat, Member

States can only require the labelling of origin in the case of poultry

meat imported from third countries.

 

 

(10) RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE SPANISH NATIONAL RURAL NETWORK

FOR 2007-2013 AGREED

 

26/06/2008 - Yesterday the Rural Development Committee (consisting of

representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the

Rural Development programme of the Spanish national rural network for the

financial period 2007-2013. Specific Rural Development programmes for each

of the Spanish regions have already been approved. These programmes are

defined to guarantee infrastructure, create new income opportunities for

rural regions, promote growth and fight unemployment. The Commission still

has to formally adopt the programme in the next weeks.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1010&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Details at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/437&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(11) CAP REFORM: COMMISSION WELCOMES ADOPTION OF REFORMED COTTON SUPPORT

SCHEME

 

23/06/2008 - Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural

Development, welcomed today's adoption by the Council of the reformed EU

cotton support scheme. The reform maintains 65 % of aid "decoupled"

(i.e. no longer linked to production) and 35 % linked to cotton production

in the form of area payments. National restructuring programmes are

created to facilitate restructuring in the cotton ginning industry and to

enhance quality and marketing of the cotton produced. The new scheme will

replace the current support arrangement, which was annulled by the

European Court of Justice on 7 September 2006.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/993&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(12) THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY: SORTING THE FACTS FROM THE FICTION

 

20/06/2008 - The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is one of the key

European Union policies and one of the building blocks on which the EU

was built. Much has been said and written about the CAP over the years,

some of it true and some of it false. The CAP has been accused of many

things and been made the scapegoat for many ills.

The following text responds to some of the popular misconceptions about

the CAP:

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/422&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(13) COMMISSIONER FISCHER BOEL: SPEECHES AND BLOG ENTRIES

 

Blog entry: "Water management: far from a dry debate" (15/07/2008)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/water-management-far-from-a-dry-debate/

 

"Climate change and water challenges for farmers"

(Expo Zaragoza 2008 on Water and Sustainable Development, Zaragoza, Spain,

11/07/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/388&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

Blog entry: "Fruit and veg for better health!" (09/07/2008)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/fruit-and-veg-for-better-health/

 

"Who will feed the World? The answers from the EU"

(Conference: "Who will feed the World?", Brussels, 03/07/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/371&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"The CAP Health Check explained"

(PES Seminar on the Health Check and Legislative Package, EP, Brussels,

02/072008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/369&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Beef production in Europe: getting the policy framework right"

(25th anniversary of Assocarni, Associazione Nazionale Industria e

Commercio Carni e Bestiame, Rome, 27/06/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/362&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"We want more agriculture for our future"

(Conference organised by CIA, Confederazione Italiana Agricultori, Lecce,

Italy, 19/06/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/358&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(14) REGISTRATION AS PDO, PGI OR TSG

 

Applications for registration:

 

'Melva de Andalucía': PGI (OJ C 177, 12/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:177:0018:0020:EN:PDF

 

'Caballa de Andalucía': PGI (OJ C 177, 12/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:177:0021:0023:EN:PDF

 

Registrations:

'Chamomilla Bohemica' (PDO), 'Vlaams-Brabantse tafeldruif' (PDO),

'Slovensk  parenica' (PGI), 'Cipollotto Nocerino' (PDO) (OJ L 183,

11/07/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:183:0015:0016:EN:PDF

 

 

(15) CALLS FOR TENDER

 

"Evaluation of measures carried out for the outermost regions (POSEI) and

the smaller islands of the Aegean Sea within the context of the common

agricultural policy)" [Deadline for submission: 01/10/2008]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/180434/index_en.htm

 

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No. 187 - 19 June 2008Agriculture on Europa

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EU to maintain suspension of import duties on cereals

13/06/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR

Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, today announced that the suspension of cereal import duties will remain in force for the next marketing year (which will end on June 30, 2009) unless market conditions justify their reintroduction before that date. The proposal, which was put to the Management Committee for cereals today, is a reaction to the continuing tight situation on the cereals markets and the resulting high price levels. At the same time, there are no export refunds on cereal exports.

 

 

Top

 

EU launches investigation into US biodiesel imports

13/06/2008 Also available in:

DE | ES | FR

The EU has today initiated anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations into imports of biodiesel from the United States. Examination by the European Commission of complaints lodged by European industry found that an investigation was warranted  sufficient evidence was provided of subsidies to the US biodiesel sector, as well as dumping of biodiesel in the European market. The complainant has argued that this has had an adverse effect on the European biodiesel industry. A detailed investigation by the Commission will now determine whether measures are justified under EU trade rules.

 

 

Top

 

High Level Group to boost competitiveness of the agro-food industry

12/06/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR

The first meeting of the High Level Group (HLG) on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry today will help pave the way to boosting the performance of this important sector in Europe. The group, chaired by European Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen, includes Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Consumer Protection Meglena Kuneva, Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou and senior policy makers from the public and private sector. Their task is to identify and address issues that determine the competitiveness of the Agro-Food industry and to formulate a set of recommendations to achieve predictable and stable framework conditions for years to come.

 

 

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Simplifying the CAP

Commission takes latest step in CAP simplification process

12/06/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR

The European Commission has taken a further step in the ongoing process of simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy: the elimination of the vast majority of licence obligations for imports and exports in the agricultural sector and the rationalisation of related rules. The changes will result in clear and simple rules and a substantial reduction in administrative burdens for both operators and national administrations. Following the adoption of the Single CMO last year by the Council, the Commission has now decided to substantially reduce the number of products that are subject to an import or export licence. The rules for products that will remain subject to a licensing obligation have been harmonised and simplified, which renders them more accessible and easier to work with.

 

 

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Commission proposes clearer and more risk-proportionate rules for animal by-products

10/06/2008 Also available in:

DE | EL | FR

The European Commission adopted today a proposal that will facilitate the efficient management of animal by-products, while preserving at the same time the current high levels of protection against risks to public and animal health and the environment. Thousands of slaughterhouses, farms and dairy plants across the EU produce more than 15 million tonnes of animal by-products every year. The proposal for a revised Regulation on animal by-products introduces clearer rules and sets the general framework for more risk-proportionate requirements for these products. Farmers and the wide range of sectors producing and using animal by-products will benefit from a more coherent legal framework for the collection, use and disposal of animal by-products. The new rules will also clarify when and how environmental legislation applies, and make it easier to use materials of animal origin for technical applications.

Questions and answers on animal by-products  (also available in DE | EL | FR)

 

 

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Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

New blog entry: "FAO conference  putting farming on top of the development agenda" (12/06/2008)

"Is the grass greener on the other side? The future of grassland production"

(European Grassland Federation conference, Uppsala, 12/06/2008)

 

"A Health Check for sustainable competitiveness"

(SAF Agriculteurs de France, General Assembly, 10/06/2008)

 

"Statement on rising food prices at the FAO high level conference"

(FAO summit dinner, Rome, 04/06/2008)

 

"EU Biofuels Policy"

(Address at FAO summit dinner, Rome, 03/06/2008)

 

"Health Check of the CAP Reform"

(Coldiretti's International Forum on "Food scares, Energy and Security", Brussels, 03/06/2008)

 

"Food security and the CAP Health Check"

(Conference on Food security, Ljubljana, 02/06/2008)

 

Top

Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

New chapter: "Agriculture and Enlargement"

New page: "Bioenergy"

New chapter: "Evaluation Expert Network for Rural Development"

MAP (Monitoring Agri-trade Policy) Brief: "EU Agricultural Trade in 2007 - An Update"

New page: "Mitigating the effects of rising global food prices"

 

 

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Quality products catch the eye: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Registrations:

'Stafida Zakynthou' (PDO), 'Miód wrzosowy z Borw Dolno[lskich' (PGI), 'Chodské pivo' (PGI)) (OJ L 141 - 31/05/2008, p. 11)

 

 

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Calls for tender

Calls for tender

Contract notices are available in all official EU languages.

Important notice: This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on to Tenders electronic daily.

"Value of agricultural production under the protected designations of origin (PDO) and the protected geographical indications (PGI)": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 01/09/2008]

"Feasibility study on the setting up of a platform for data and information exchange for the European fruit and vegetable market": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 18/08/2008]

 

 

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION - AGRICULTURE NEWS DIGEST

No. 187, 19 June 2008

 

Contents:

(1) EU to maintain suspension of import duties on cereals

(2) EU launches investigation into US biodiesel imports

(3) High Level Group to boost competitiveness of the agro-food industry

(4) Commission takes latest step in CAP simplification process

(5) Commission proposes clearer and more risk-proportionate rules for

    animal by-products

(6) Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

(7) What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture" web site?

(8) Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

(9) Calls for tender

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(1) EU TO MAINTAIN SUSPENSION OF IMPORT DUTIES ON CEREALS

 

13/06/2008 - Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural

Development, today announced that the suspension of cereal import duties

will remain in force for the next marketing year (which will end on June

30, 2009) unless market conditions justify their reintroduction before

that date. The proposal, which was put to the Management Committee for

cereals today, is a reaction to the continuing tight situation on the

cereals markets and the resulting high price levels. At the same time,

there are no export refunds on cereal exports.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/930&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(2) EU LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO US BIODIESEL IMPORTS

 

13/06/2008 - The EU has today initiated anti-subsidy and anti-dumping

investigations into imports of biodiesel from the United States.

Examination by the European Commission of complaints lodged by European

industry found that an investigation was warranted - sufficient evidence

was provided of subsidies to the US biodiesel sector, as well as dumping

of biodiesel in the European market. The complainant has argued that this

has had an adverse effect on the European biodiesel industry. A detailed

investigation by the Commission will now determine whether measures are

justified under EU trade rules.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/936&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(3) HIGH LEVEL GROUP TO BOOST COMPETITIVENESS OF THE AGRO-FOOD INDUSTRY

 

12/06/2008 - The first meeting of the High Level Group (HLG) on the

Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry today will help pave the way to

boosting the performance of this important sector in Europe. The group,

chaired by European Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen, includes

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann Fischer Boel,

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Meglena Kuneva, Commissioner for

Health Androulla Vassiliou and senior policy makers from the public and

private sector. Their task is to identify and address issues that

determine the competitiveness of the Agro-Food industry and to formulate

a set of recommendations to achieve predictable and stable framework

conditions for years to come.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/921&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(4) COMMISSION TAKES LATEST STEP IN CAP SIMPLIFICATION PROCESS

 

12/06/2008 - The European Commission has taken a further step in the

ongoing process of simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy: the

elimination of the vast majority of licence obligations for imports and

exports in the agricultural sector and the rationalisation of related

rules. The changes will result in clear and simple rules and a substantial

reduction in administrative burdens for both operators and national

administrations. Following the adoption of the Single CMO last year by

the Council, the Commission has now decided to substantially reduce the

number of products that are subject to an import or export licence. The

rules for products that will remain subject to a licensing obligation

have been harmonised and simplified, which renders them more accessible

and easier to work with.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/922&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(5) COMMISSION PROPOSES CLEARER AND MORE RISK-PROPORTIONATE RULES FOR

ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS

 

12/06/2008 - The European Commission adopted today a proposal that will

facilitate the efficient management of animal by-products, while preserving

at the same time the current high levels of protection against risks to

public and animal health and the environment. Thousands of slaughterhouses,

farms and dairy plants across the EU produce more than 15 million tonnes

of animal by-products every year. The proposal for a revised Regulation

on animal by-products introduces clearer rules and sets the general

framework for more risk-proportionate requirements for these products.

Farmers and the wide range of sectors producing and using animal by-products

will benefit from a more coherent legal framework for the collection, use

and disposal of animal by-products. The new rules will also clarify when

and how environmental legislation applies, and make it easier to use

materials of animal origin for technical applications.

 

Press release at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/911&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN144411guiLanguage=en

 

Questions and answers on animal by-products at

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/382&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(6) COMMISSIONER FISCHER BOEL: SPEECHES AND BLOG ENTRIES

 

New blog entry: "FAO conference ? putting farming on top of the development

agenda" (12/06/2008)

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/fischer-boel/

 

"Is the grass greener on the other side? The future of grassland production"

(European Grassland Federation conference, Uppsala, 12/06/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/331&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"A Health Check for sustainable competitiveness"

(SAF Agriculteurs de France, General Assembly, 10/06/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/322&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Statement on rising food prices at the FAO high level conference"

(FAO summit dinner, Rome, 04/06/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/303&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"EU Biofuels Policy"

(Address at FAO summit dinner, Rome, 03/06/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/304&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Health Check of the CAP Reform"

(Coldiretti's International Forum on "Food scares, Energy and Security",

Brussels, 03/06/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/297&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

"Food security and the CAP Health Check"

(Conference on Food security, Ljubljana, 02/06/2008)

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/08/293&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

 

(7) WHAT'S NEW ON THE COMMISSION'S "AGRICULTURE" WEB SITE?

 

New chapter: "Agriculture and Enlargement"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/enlargement/index_en.htm

 

New page: "Bioenergy"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/bioenergy/index_en.htm

 

New chapter: "Evaluation Expert Network for Rural Development"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rurdev/eval/network/index_en.htm

 

MAP (Monitoring Agri-trade Policy) Brief: "EU Agricultural Trade in 2007 -

An Update"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/publi/map/brief8.pdf

 

New page: "Mitigating the effects of rising global food prices"

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/foodprices/index_en.htm

 

 

(8) REGISTRATION AS PDO, PGI OR TSG

 

Registrations:

'Stafida Zakynthou' (PDO), 'Miód wrzosowy z Borów Dolno?l?skich' (PGI),

'Chodské pivo' (PGI)) (OJ L 141, 31/05/2008)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2008:141:0011:0012:EN:PDF

 

 

(9) CALLS FOR TENDER

 

"Value of agricultural production under the protected designations of

origin (PDO) and the protected geographical indications (PGI)" [Deadline

for submission: 01/09/2008]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/148219/index_en.htm

 

"Feasibility study on the setting up of a platform for data and information

exchange for the European fruit and vegetable market" [Deadline for

submission: 18/08/2008]

Contract notice and tender documents at

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/tenderdocs/2008/135038/index_en.htm

 

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No. 186 - 23 May 2008Agriculture on Europa

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Rural Development policy 2007-2013

Further set of rural development programmes for the period 2007-2013 agreed

23/05/2008 Also available in:

ES

Today the Rural Development Committee (consisting of representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the Rural Development programmes of the following three Spanish regions: Balearic Islands, Madrid and Canary Islands for the financial period 2007-2013. These programmes are defined to guarantee infrastructure, create new income opportunities for rural regions, promote growth and fight unemployment. The Commission still has to formally adopt the programmes in the next weeks. The approval of remaining programmes for other countries and regions will follow in the coming months.

More info on the programmes

 

 

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Commission launches public consultation on review of the 'Less Favoured Area' scheme

22/05/2008

 

Today the Commission has launched a public consultation on a possible review of the 'Less Favoured Area' scheme as the next step in the on-going Impact Assessment exercise. This consultation seeks to collect the opinions and experiences of stakeholders and interested members of the public on four policy options. The options are set out in a comprehensive consultation paper, which has been published by a Commission Inter service steering group, taking into account the results of a series of hearings and discussions which have already taken place with stakeholders, experts and Member States. The consultation is open until the end of June.

Consultation paper

 

 

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Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy

Food and farming: Health Check will modernise the CAP and free farmers to respond to growing demand

20/05/2008 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

The European Commission today proposed to further modernise, simplify and streamline the Common Agricultural Policy and remove remaining restrictions on farmers to help them respond to growing demand for food. The so-called CAP Health Check will further break the link between direct payments and production and thus allow farmers to follow market signals to the greatest possible extent. Among a range of measures, the proposals call for the abolition of arable set-aside and a gradual increase in milk quotas before they are abolished in 2015, and a reduction in market intervention. These changes will free farmers from unnecessary restrictions and let them maximise their production potential. The Commission also proposes an increase in modulation, whereby direct payments to farmers are reduced and the money is transferred to the Rural Development Fund. This will allow a better response to the new challenges and opportunities faced by European agriculture, including climate change, the need for better water management, and the protection of biodiversity.

Proposals, Impact assessment, Guide and Summary

 

 

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Commission outlines European response to mitigate effects of rising global food prices

20/05/2008 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

The European Commission today adopted a Communication setting out potential policy responses to mitigate the effects of rising global food prices. The document will be discussed at the European Council on 19-20 June. The Communication analyses structural and cyclical factors and proposes a three-pronged policy response, including short-term measures in the context of the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy and in the monitoring of the retail sector; initiatives to enhance agricultural supply and ensure food security including the promotion of sustainable future generations of biofuels; and initiatives to contribute to the global effort to tackle the effects of price rises on poor populations.

 

 

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State aid

Commission examines the financing of the two Spanish agro-food companies "El Pozo Alimentacion" and "J. Garcia Carrion La Mancha"

20/05/2008 Also available in:

DE | ES | FR

The European Commission has launched two formal investigations under the EC Treaty state aid rules into the investment aids in favour of the two agro-food companies "El Pozo Alimentación" and "J. García Carrion La Mancha". The Commission expresses its doubts as to the compatibility of the aids for not containing an incentive element required under the applicable legislation.

 

 

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State aid

Hessische Staatsweingüter asked to pay back EUR 541,859 plus interest of illegal State aid received in the period before 2002

20/05/2008 Also available in:

DE | FR

The European Commission has today decided that aid amounting to EUR 541,859 granted by the Land Hessen to Hessische Staatsweingüter in the period before 2002 did not comply with State aid rules and has to be recovered with interest. The Commission furthermore found that the aid granted within the framework of the restructuring of Hessische Staatsweingüter (i.e. from 31 December 2002) was in line with State aid rules

 

 

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Reform of the wine sector

CAP reform: Council formally adopts wine reform which will boost competitiveness of European wines

29/04/2008 Also available in:

BG | CS | DE | EL | ES | FR | IT | HU | MT | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL

The Council of Ministers today formally adopted a wide-ranging reform of the Common Market Organisation for wine, on which agriculture ministers reached a political agreement in December. The changes will bring balance to the wine market, phase out wasteful and expensive market intervention measures and allow the budget to be used for more positive, proactive measures which will boost the competitiveness of European wines. The reform provides for a fast restructuring of the wine sector in that it includes a voluntary, three-year grubbing-up scheme to provide an alternative for uncompetitive producers and to remove surplus and uncompetitive wine from the market. Subsidies for crisis distillation and potable alcohol distillation will be phased out and the money, allocated in national envelopes, can be used for measures like wine promotion on third country markets, innovation, restructuring and modernisation of vineyards and cellars. The reform will ensure environmental protection in wine-growing regions, safeguard traditional and well-established quality policies and simplify labelling rules, for the benefit of producers and consumers alike. The very restrictive planting rights system will also be abolished at EU level from 1 January 2016 onwards. The European Commission will now begin the process of adopting the detailed implementing regulations to allow the reform to enter into force on 1 August 2008.

 

 

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Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

"Peri-urban areas and developments in the CAP" (Peri Urban Platform Europe conference, Brussels, 22/05/2008)

Blog entry: "Health Check: freeing farmers" (20/05/2008)

"The CAP Health Check: straight ahead for responsive and sustainable farming" (Presentation of the Health Check Proposal to the COMAGRI, Strasbourg, 20/05/2008)

"The future of the sugar industry in Europe" (Seminar "Sugar and Seed: future perspectives" organised by DANISCO, Copenhagen, 08/05/2008)

"Annual Policy Strategy for Agriculture" (Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, Brussels, 06/05/2008)

"Biofuels: more valuable as fuel than as a scapegoat" (Policy dialogue on biofuels organised by the European Policy Centre EPC, Brussels, 06/05/2008)

"Agriculture and the food industry in the New Member States: have we taken the opportunity?" (Opening remarks at the conference "Agriculture and food industry four years after EU enlargement" at the Warsaw School of Economics

Warsaw, 05/05/2008)

Closing remarks (Conference "Agriculture and food industry four years after EU enlargement" at the Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, 05/05/2008)

"Balanced rural areas and balance in the CAP" (Conference organised by Women's Food and Farming Union, Wales, 28/04/2008)

 

 

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Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

MAP (Monitoring Agri-trade Policy) no 01/08: "China: Out of the Dragon's Den?"

Consultation: "Review of the Less Favoured Area scheme"

 

 

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Quality products catch the eye: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Huîtres Marennes Oléron': PGI (OJ C 118 - 15/05/2008, p. 35)

'Zafferano di Sardegna': PDO (OJ C 117 - 14/05/2008, p. 39)

'Radicchio di Verona': PGI (OJ C 114 - 09/05/2008, p. 11)

'Aceite de La Alcarria': PDO (OJ C 112 - 07/05/2008, p. 39)

Applications to amend a specification:

'Gorgonzola': PDO (OJ C 111 - 06/05/2008, p. 51)

Registrations:

' esky kmín': PDO (OJ L 131 - 21/05/2008, p. 3)

 

'Cordero de Navarra' or 'Nafarroako Arkumea': PGI (OJ L 131 - 21/05/2008, p. 4)

 

 

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Agriculture News Digest

No. 181 - 31 December 2007Agriculture on Europa

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CAP Health Check

CAP Health Check: Stakeholder conference on the future of the dairy sector

30/12/2007

After the general stakeholders' conference on 6 December 2007 which dealt with all the topics covered by the Health Check, the Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural development is organising, as a further step in the broad stakeholder consultation on the CAP Health Check Communication, a special conference on the future of the dairy sector which will take place in Brussels on 11 January 2008. The conference will bring together, on the Commission's invitation, representatives of the various social and economic interests. It will be web-streamed, so everybody will have the opportunity to watch it live on their computers.

Details

 

 

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Rural Development policy 2007-2013

Further set of rural development programmes for the period 2007-2013 agreed

20/12/2007Also available in:

BG | DE | ES | FR | IT | LV | MT | PT | FI | SV

Today the Rural Development Committee (consisting of representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the Rural Development programmes of Bulgaria, Finland (Ĺland Islands), France (Guyana, Corsica), Germany (National Framework), Italy (4 regions) Latvia, Malta, Portugal (Madeira), Spain (4 regions) and England for the financial period 2007-2013. These programmes are defined to guarantee infrastructure, create new income opportunities for rural regions, promote growth and fight unemployment. The Commission still has to formally adopt the programmes in the next weeks. The approval of the programmes for other countries and regions will follow in the next months.

Descriptions of the different programmes:

Bulgaria / Finland: Ĺland Islands / France: Guyana, Corsica / Germany: National Framework / Italy: Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche, Trento / Latvia / Malta / Portugal: Madeira / Spain: Cataluńa, Castilla y León, Galicia, Basque Autonomous Region / United Kingdom: England

 

 

Top

Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy

CAP simplification: Commission implements its commitment to improve Cross Compliance system

20/12/2007Also available in:

DE | FR

Following the commitment made in its March 2007 report to improve and simplify the system of Cross Compliance, the European Commission today adopted most of the regulatory measures presented in the report and which are under its own responsibility. The changes adopted today aim at easing the management of the system where experience gained over the past two years showed up undue difficulties. They do not water down the efficiency of the system. The changes mainly concern harmonising control provisions so that the burden for the farmers and the national administrations is reduced to the minimum necessary. For instance, farmers' participation in the farm advisory system or relevant certification schemes could be now taken into account in the control system. The calculation of reduction of payments will now also take into account the possible improvement or worsening of the situation in case of repeated infringement.

 

 

Top

 

European Union suspends import duties on most cereals

20/12/2007Also available in:

DE | FR

The European Union today unanimously agreed to suspend import duties on all cereals except oats, buckwheat and millet for the current marketing year - which ends on June 30, 2008. The decision, proposed last month by the European Commission, is a reaction to the exceptionally tight situation on the world and EU cereals markets and the record price levels. Although the current levels of border protection for cereals are rather low, import duties are still applied for certain types of grains that are important for the balance of the EU market.

 

 

Top

 

Commission to recover EUR 256.3 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

20/12/2007Also available in:

DE | ES | FR | IT

A total of EUR 256.3 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States will be claimed back as a result of a decision adopted today by the European Commission. The money returns to the Community budget because of inadequate control procedures or non-compliance with EU rules on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.

 

 

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EU real agricultural income per worker up by 4.7%

20/12/2007 Also available in:

DE | FR

EU27 real agricultural income per worker has risen by 4.7% in 2007, after increasing by 3.9% in 2006. This increase results from a growth in real agricultural income (+2.6%), together with a reduction in agricultural labour input (-1.9%). This growth in EU27 real agricultural income in 2007 is itself the result of (a) an increase in output of agriculture at producer prices in real terms (+4.6%), (b) a rise in input costs (+5.3%), while depreciation remained stable, in real terms, (c) a decrease in the real value of subsidies net of taxes (-3.1%).

 

These estimates for the EU27 published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, are based on data supplied by the national authorities in the Member States.

 

 

Top

Reform of the wine sector

CAP reform: Wine reform will boost competitiveness of European wines

19/12/2007 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | EL | ES | FR | IT | HU | MT | PT | RO | SK | SL

The European Commission welcomed today's agreement by European Union agriculture ministers to reform the Common Market Organisation for wine. The changes will bring balance to the wine market, phase out wasteful and expensive market intervention measures and allow the budget to be used for more positive, proactive measures which will boost the competitiveness of European wines. The reform provides for a fast restructuring of the wine sector in that it includes a voluntary, three-year grubbing-up scheme to remove surplus and uncompetitive wine from the market. Subsidies for crisis distillation and potable alcohol distillation will be phased out and the money, allocated in national envelopes, can used for measures like wine promotion on third country markets, innovation, restructuring and modernisation of vineyards and cellars. The reform will ensure environmental protection in wine-growing regions, safeguard traditional and well-established quality policies and simplify labelling rules, for the benefit of producers and consumers alike. The reform, which is budget neutral, will enter into force on 1 August 2008.

 

 

Top

 

Farm payments: Commission decides not to apply 'safeguard mechanism' in Romania

18/12/2007 Also available in:

DE | FR | RO

Following rapid progress by the Romanian authorities in putting in place the necessary controls over agricultural spending, the European Commission today decided not to apply the so-called 'safeguard mechanism' in Romania. In November, the Commission asked Romania to make further improvements to the software module designed to ensure that farm payments are made correctly, in order to avoid a provisional 25 percent cut in EU payments. A new report from the independent expert (Deloitte) concludes that no major deficiencies remain to be solved for this IT module. As such, the activation of the safeguard mechanism cannot be justified. The decision not to use the safeguard does not imply that everything is perfect. As in all new systems, certain problems may only emerge when payments start. In addition, Romania still needs to increase its control rate and there are still some IT deficiencies to be solved. The Commission will continue to monitor closely the situation and carry out controls in Romania early in 2008. It has the possibility of introducing the safeguard at any time if serious shortcomings are found. In addition, Romania will as all other Member States be subject to the normal audit procedures which are carried out in all Member States and which allow misspent money to be claimed back.

 

 

Top

 

GMOs: Commission sends proposals to authorise GM potato and GM maize to Council

18/12/2007

 

Today the European Commission transmitted proposals to Council for the authorisation of 4 genetically modified products. This is the next step in the Comitology procedure, following the failure of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health to deliver a definitive opinion either for or against these proposed authorisations on 10 October 2007. The GM maize (Mon863xNK603, Mon863xMon810 and Mon863xMon810xNK603) are hybrids, produced from combinations of GMOs already authorised at European level. The proposal is to authorise them for food and feed use and for import and processing, but not for cultivation. The GM potato (EH92-527-1 or "Amflora") is genetically modified for a higher starch yield, and would be used primarily for industrial purposes. The by-products from the industrial processes would also be allowed for use for animal feed. The GM potato would not be authorised for food use but a 0.9% tolerance for adventitious presence is foreseen. All of the authorisations proposed to Council today would be valid for 10 years, and any products made from these GMOs would be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability rules. Council has 3 months to reach a position on these dossiers or they will be sent back to the Commission for final adoption.

 

 

Top

School Fruit Scheme: Which role for the European Union?

Commission launches public consultation on European 'School Fruit Scheme'

18/12/2007

 

Today the Commission has launched a public consultation on a possible 'School Fruit Scheme' as the next step in the on-going Impact Assessment exercise. This consultation seeks to collect the opinions and experiences of sector stakeholders and interested members of the public on four policy options regarding a possible European 'School Fruit Scheme'. The options are set out in a comprehensive consultation paper, which has been elaborated by a Commission working group, taking into account the results of a series of hearings and discussions which have already taken place with sector representatives, experts in and outside agriculture as well as Member states. The public consultation is open till the end of February 2008.

Details

 

 

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Commission welcomes Council and Parliament approval of new Spirit Drinks regulation

17/12/2007 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

European Union agriculture ministers today reached political agreement on the new Spirit Drinks regulation, thereby sealing a first reading agreement between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. The new regulation enhances the clarity of EU legislation on spirit drinks, combines two previous regulations into one and adapts the rules to take account of technical changes, WTO requirements and the EU's system of geographical indications. The new regulation sets out clear definitions for all spirit drinks, and should help producers market their products while providing new clarity for consumers. One of the main points of discussion since the proposal was tabled by the Commission in December 2005 has been the definition of vodka. The new regulation leaves the current definition unchanged, but changes slightly the labelling requirements. In future, vodka made from cereals or potatoes will be labelled simply as vodka. Vodka based on other raw materials will bear the indication "produced from" supplemented by the name of the raw material used. This Regulation shall enter into force on the seventh day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

 

Top

 

Dairy market: Commission proposes 2 percent increase in milk quotas from April 2008

12/12/2007 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

The European Commission today proposed a 2 percent increase in milk quotas beginning on 1 April 2008 to meet growing demand both within the European Union and on global markets. The increase, a total of 2.84 million tonnes, would apply on an equal basis to the 27 Member States. It does not prejudge the ongoing review of the dairy market in the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy, where the Commission has suggested a gradual increase in quotas before they expire on 31 March 2015. Today's proposal is accompanied by a report on the outlook for the EU dairy sector, requested by the Council at the time of the 2003 CAP reform agreement. This shows that demand for milk has grown between 2003 and 2007 and is expected to continue growing between 2007 and 2014. The outlook for both demand and prices on the world market is equally positive. The report shows a 2 percent increase to be fully justified. The Commission hopes that the Council and Parliament will be able to reach a rapid decision to allow the increase to take effect by 1 April.

Commission proposal

Report: Market outlook for the dairy sector [pdf]

 

 

Top

 

Commission increases ceiling for 'de minimis' aid to EUR 7,500

12/12/2007

 

The European Commission today adopted a Regulation increasing the ceiling for small amounts of aid ('de minimis) in the agriculture sector. The limit will rise to EUR 7,500 per beneficiary over any period of three years and the maximum total per Member State to 0.75 percent of the value of agricultural output. Until now, under the regulation adopted in October 2004, these limits were EUR 3,000 per beneficiary or 0.3 percent of the value of agricultural output for each Member State. The new regulation also sets out a clearer definition of the scope of such aid and gives the Member States greater room for manoeuvre in granting aid without distorting competition. Under the de minimis system, Member States may pay these sums to farmers without seeking prior clearance from the Commission because it is deemed not to distort competition. The changes follow a wide-ranging consultation with interested parties and two rounds of discussions with Member States. The changes come into effect from 1 January 2008, but can also be applied retroactively.

 

 

Top

 

Promotion of EU agricultural products outside the EU

10/12/2007 Also available in:

DE | FR

The European Commission has approved measures to provide information on, and to promote agricultural products in third countries. Member States submitted 25 programmes to the Commission to be examined. The 18 programmes that have been accepted are from Denmark, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia. They are targeted at the USA, Russia and China. The products covered are wine, fruit, meat, dairy products, PDO and PGI, olive oil and organic products. The EU contribution is EUR 19.6 million (50% of the total budget of the programmes).

 

 

Top

Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

Blog entry: "Wine reform - a good deal for all" (21/12/2007)

"Taking the next steps for a better CAP" (Speech to the European Economic and Social Committee, Strasbourg, 12/12/2007)

"Time to choose a Real Wine Sector Reform" (Opening address, Plenary Session, European Parliament, Strasbourg, 11/12/2007)

"A few things you need to know about the CAP Health Check" (Seminar on Health Check Review of the CAP organised by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, Brussels, 06/12/2007)

 

 

Top

Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

MAP Newsletter 03/07: India's role in world agriculture

 

 

Top

Quality products catch the eye: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Arroz del Delta del Ebro' or 'Arrňs del Delta de l'Ebre': PDO (OJ C 314 - 22/12/2007, p. 46)

'Presunto De Santana Serra' or 'Paleta De Santana Da Serra': PGI (OJ C 308 - 19/12/2007, p. 18)

'Presunto de Campo Maior e Elvas' or 'Paleta de Campo Maior e Elvas': PGI (OJ C 308 - 19/12/2007, p. 23)

'Slovensky o?tiepok': PGI (OJ C 308 - 19/12/2007, p. 28)

'Presunto do Alentejo' or 'Paleta do Alentejo': PDO (OJ C 300 - 12/12/2007, p. 38)

'Chouriço Azedo de Vinhais' or 'Azedo de Vinhais' or 'Chouriço de Pâo de Vinhais': PGI (OJ C 289 - 01/12/2007, p. 29)

'Salame S. Angelo': PGI (OJ C 289 - 01/12/2007, p. 32)

'Oeufs de Loué': PGI (OJ C 282 - 24/11/2007, p. 13)

Applications to amend a specification:

'Bleu de Gex Haut-Jura' or 'Bleu de Septmoncel': PDO (OJ C 298 - 11/12/2007, p. 21)

'Roquefort': PDO (OJ C 298 - 11/12/2007, p. 28)

'Rocamadour': PDO (OJ C 291 - 05/12/2007, p. 14)

'Panellets': TSG (OJ C 280 - 23/11/2007, p. 20)

Cancellation request:

'Arroz del Delta del Ebro': PGI (OJ C 314 - 22/12/2007, p. 44)

Registrations:

'Carne de Bísaro Transmontano' or 'Carne de Porco Transmontano': PDO, 'Szegedi szal mi' or 'Szegedi téliszal mi': PDO, 'Pecorino di Filiano': PDO, 'Cereza del Jerte': PDO, 'Garbanzo de Fuentesaúco': PGI, 'Lenteja Pardina de Tierra de Campos': PGI, '???????? ??????????' ('Loukoumi Geroskipou'): PGI, 'Skalicky trdelník': PGI (OJ L 330 - 15/12/2007, p. 13)

'T?ebo?sky kapr: PGI (OJ L 312 - 30/11/2007, p. 16)

'Salame Cremona': PGI (OJ L 305 - 23/11/2007, p. 3)

Amendment of specifications:

'Olives noires de Nyons': PDO (OJ L 330 - 15/12/2007, p. 15)

'Huile d'olive de Nyons': PDO (OJ L 320 - 06/12/2007, p. 12)

 

 

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Calls for tender

Calls for tender

Contract notices are available in all official EU languages.

Important notice: This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on to Tenders electronic daily.

"Framework contract for audits of measures under direct expenditure and shared management": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 27/03/2008]

 

 

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Agriculture News Digest

No. 181 - 31 December 2007Agriculture on Europa

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CAP Health Check

CAP Health Check: Stakeholder conference on the future of the dairy sector

30/12/2007

After the general stakeholders' conference on 6 December 2007 which dealt with all the topics covered by the Health Check, the Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural development is organising, as a further step in the broad stakeholder consultation on the CAP Health Check Communication, a special conference on the future of the dairy sector which will take place in Brussels on 11 January 2008. The conference will bring together, on the Commission's invitation, representatives of the various social and economic interests. It will be web-streamed, so everybody will have the opportunity to watch it live on their computers.

Details

 

 

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Rural Development policy 2007-2013

Further set of rural development programmes for the period 2007-2013 agreed

20/12/2007Also available in:

BG | DE | ES | FR | IT | LV | MT | PT | FI | SV

Today the Rural Development Committee (consisting of representatives of the 27 Member States) gave a positive opinion to the Rural Development programmes of Bulgaria, Finland (Ĺland Islands), France (Guyana, Corsica), Germany (National Framework), Italy (4 regions) Latvia, Malta, Portugal (Madeira), Spain (4 regions) and England for the financial period 2007-2013. These programmes are defined to guarantee infrastructure, create new income opportunities for rural regions, promote growth and fight unemployment. The Commission still has to formally adopt the programmes in the next weeks. The approval of the programmes for other countries and regions will follow in the next months.

Descriptions of the different programmes:

Bulgaria / Finland: Ĺland Islands / France: Guyana, Corsica / Germany: National Framework / Italy: Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche, Trento / Latvia / Malta / Portugal: Madeira / Spain: Cataluńa, Castilla y León, Galicia, Basque Autonomous Region / United Kingdom: England

 

 

Top

Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy

CAP simplification: Commission implements its commitment to improve Cross Compliance system

20/12/2007Also available in:

DE | FR

Following the commitment made in its March 2007 report to improve and simplify the system of Cross Compliance, the European Commission today adopted most of the regulatory measures presented in the report and which are under its own responsibility. The changes adopted today aim at easing the management of the system where experience gained over the past two years showed up undue difficulties. They do not water down the efficiency of the system. The changes mainly concern harmonising control provisions so that the burden for the farmers and the national administrations is reduced to the minimum necessary. For instance, farmers' participation in the farm advisory system or relevant certification schemes could be now taken into account in the control system. The calculation of reduction of payments will now also take into account the possible improvement or worsening of the situation in case of repeated infringement.

 

 

Top

 

European Union suspends import duties on most cereals

20/12/2007Also available in:

DE | FR

The European Union today unanimously agreed to suspend import duties on all cereals except oats, buckwheat and millet for the current marketing year - which ends on June 30, 2008. The decision, proposed last month by the European Commission, is a reaction to the exceptionally tight situation on the world and EU cereals markets and the record price levels. Although the current levels of border protection for cereals are rather low, import duties are still applied for certain types of grains that are important for the balance of the EU market.

 

 

Top

 

Commission to recover EUR 256.3 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

20/12/2007Also available in:

DE | ES | FR | IT

A total of EUR 256.3 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States will be claimed back as a result of a decision adopted today by the European Commission. The money returns to the Community budget because of inadequate control procedures or non-compliance with EU rules on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.

 

 

Top

 

EU real agricultural income per worker up by 4.7%

20/12/2007 Also available in:

DE | FR

EU27 real agricultural income per worker has risen by 4.7% in 2007, after increasing by 3.9% in 2006. This increase results from a growth in real agricultural income (+2.6%), together with a reduction in agricultural labour input (-1.9%). This growth in EU27 real agricultural income in 2007 is itself the result of (a) an increase in output of agriculture at producer prices in real terms (+4.6%), (b) a rise in input costs (+5.3%), while depreciation remained stable, in real terms, (c) a decrease in the real value of subsidies net of taxes (-3.1%).

 

These estimates for the EU27 published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, are based on data supplied by the national authorities in the Member States.

 

 

Top

Reform of the wine sector

CAP reform: Wine reform will boost competitiveness of European wines

19/12/2007 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | EL | ES | FR | IT | HU | MT | PT | RO | SK | SL

The European Commission welcomed today's agreement by European Union agriculture ministers to reform the Common Market Organisation for wine. The changes will bring balance to the wine market, phase out wasteful and expensive market intervention measures and allow the budget to be used for more positive, proactive measures which will boost the competitiveness of European wines. The reform provides for a fast restructuring of the wine sector in that it includes a voluntary, three-year grubbing-up scheme to remove surplus and uncompetitive wine from the market. Subsidies for crisis distillation and potable alcohol distillation will be phased out and the money, allocated in national envelopes, can used for measures like wine promotion on third country markets, innovation, restructuring and modernisation of vineyards and cellars. The reform will ensure environmental protection in wine-growing regions, safeguard traditional and well-established quality policies and simplify labelling rules, for the benefit of producers and consumers alike. The reform, which is budget neutral, will enter into force on 1 August 2008.

 

 

Top

 

Farm payments: Commission decides not to apply 'safeguard mechanism' in Romania

18/12/2007 Also available in:

DE | FR | RO

Following rapid progress by the Romanian authorities in putting in place the necessary controls over agricultural spending, the European Commission today decided not to apply the so-called 'safeguard mechanism' in Romania. In November, the Commission asked Romania to make further improvements to the software module designed to ensure that farm payments are made correctly, in order to avoid a provisional 25 percent cut in EU payments. A new report from the independent expert (Deloitte) concludes that no major deficiencies remain to be solved for this IT module. As such, the activation of the safeguard mechanism cannot be justified. The decision not to use the safeguard does not imply that everything is perfect. As in all new systems, certain problems may only emerge when payments start. In addition, Romania still needs to increase its control rate and there are still some IT deficiencies to be solved. The Commission will continue to monitor closely the situation and carry out controls in Romania early in 2008. It has the possibility of introducing the safeguard at any time if serious shortcomings are found. In addition, Romania will as all other Member States be subject to the normal audit procedures which are carried out in all Member States and which allow misspent money to be claimed back.

 

 

Top

 

GMOs: Commission sends proposals to authorise GM potato and GM maize to Council

18/12/2007

 

Today the European Commission transmitted proposals to Council for the authorisation of 4 genetically modified products. This is the next step in the Comitology procedure, following the failure of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health to deliver a definitive opinion either for or against these proposed authorisations on 10 October 2007. The GM maize (Mon863xNK603, Mon863xMon810 and Mon863xMon810xNK603) are hybrids, produced from combinations of GMOs already authorised at European level. The proposal is to authorise them for food and feed use and for import and processing, but not for cultivation. The GM potato (EH92-527-1 or "Amflora") is genetically modified for a higher starch yield, and would be used primarily for industrial purposes. The by-products from the industrial processes would also be allowed for use for animal feed. The GM potato would not be authorised for food use but a 0.9% tolerance for adventitious presence is foreseen. All of the authorisations proposed to Council today would be valid for 10 years, and any products made from these GMOs would be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability rules. Council has 3 months to reach a position on these dossiers or they will be sent back to the Commission for final adoption.

 

 

Top

School Fruit Scheme: Which role for the European Union?

Commission launches public consultation on European 'School Fruit Scheme'

18/12/2007

 

Today the Commission has launched a public consultation on a possible 'School Fruit Scheme' as the next step in the on-going Impact Assessment exercise. This consultation seeks to collect the opinions and experiences of sector stakeholders and interested members of the public on four policy options regarding a possible European 'School Fruit Scheme'. The options are set out in a comprehensive consultation paper, which has been elaborated by a Commission working group, taking into account the results of a series of hearings and discussions which have already taken place with sector representatives, experts in and outside agriculture as well as Member states. The public consultation is open till the end of February 2008.

Details

 

 

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Commission welcomes Council and Parliament approval of new Spirit Drinks regulation

17/12/2007 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

European Union agriculture ministers today reached political agreement on the new Spirit Drinks regulation, thereby sealing a first reading agreement between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. The new regulation enhances the clarity of EU legislation on spirit drinks, combines two previous regulations into one and adapts the rules to take account of technical changes, WTO requirements and the EU's system of geographical indications. The new regulation sets out clear definitions for all spirit drinks, and should help producers market their products while providing new clarity for consumers. One of the main points of discussion since the proposal was tabled by the Commission in December 2005 has been the definition of vodka. The new regulation leaves the current definition unchanged, but changes slightly the labelling requirements. In future, vodka made from cereals or potatoes will be labelled simply as vodka. Vodka based on other raw materials will bear the indication "produced from" supplemented by the name of the raw material used. This Regulation shall enter into force on the seventh day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

 

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Dairy market: Commission proposes 2 percent increase in milk quotas from April 2008

12/12/2007 Also available in:

BG | CS | DA | DE | ET | EL | ES | FR | IT | LV | LT | HU | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | FI | SV

The European Commission today proposed a 2 percent increase in milk quotas beginning on 1 April 2008 to meet growing demand both within the European Union and on global markets. The increase, a total of 2.84 million tonnes, would apply on an equal basis to the 27 Member States. It does not prejudge the ongoing review of the dairy market in the Health Check of the Common Agricultural Policy, where the Commission has suggested a gradual increase in quotas before they expire on 31 March 2015. Today's proposal is accompanied by a report on the outlook for the EU dairy sector, requested by the Council at the time of the 2003 CAP reform agreement. This shows that demand for milk has grown between 2003 and 2007 and is expected to continue growing between 2007 and 2014. The outlook for both demand and prices on the world market is equally positive. The report shows a 2 percent increase to be fully justified. The Commission hopes that the Council and Parliament will be able to reach a rapid decision to allow the increase to take effect by 1 April.

Commission proposal

Report: Market outlook for the dairy sector [pdf]

 

 

Top

 

Commission increases ceiling for 'de minimis' aid to EUR 7,500

12/12/2007

 

The European Commission today adopted a Regulation increasing the ceiling for small amounts of aid ('de minimis) in the agriculture sector. The limit will rise to EUR 7,500 per beneficiary over any period of three years and the maximum total per Member State to 0.75 percent of the value of agricultural output. Until now, under the regulation adopted in October 2004, these limits were EUR 3,000 per beneficiary or 0.3 percent of the value of agricultural output for each Member State. The new regulation also sets out a clearer definition of the scope of such aid and gives the Member States greater room for manoeuvre in granting aid without distorting competition. Under the de minimis system, Member States may pay these sums to farmers without seeking prior clearance from the Commission because it is deemed not to distort competition. The changes follow a wide-ranging consultation with interested parties and two rounds of discussions with Member States. The changes come into effect from 1 January 2008, but can also be applied retroactively.

 

 

Top

 

Promotion of EU agricultural products outside the EU

10/12/2007 Also available in:

DE | FR

The European Commission has approved measures to provide information on, and to promote agricultural products in third countries. Member States submitted 25 programmes to the Commission to be examined. The 18 programmes that have been accepted are from Denmark, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia. They are targeted at the USA, Russia and China. The products covered are wine, fruit, meat, dairy products, PDO and PGI, olive oil and organic products. The EU contribution is EUR 19.6 million (50% of the total budget of the programmes).

 

 

Top

Commissioner Fischer Boel's website

Commissioner Fischer Boel: Speeches and blog entries

Blog entry: "Wine reform - a good deal for all" (21/12/2007)

"Taking the next steps for a better CAP" (Speech to the European Economic and Social Committee, Strasbourg, 12/12/2007)

"Time to choose a Real Wine Sector Reform" (Opening address, Plenary Session, European Parliament, Strasbourg, 11/12/2007)

"A few things you need to know about the CAP Health Check" (Seminar on Health Check Review of the CAP organised by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, Brussels, 06/12/2007)

 

 

Top

Publications

What's new on the Commission's "Agriculture and Rural Development" website?

MAP Newsletter 03/07: India's role in world agriculture

 

 

Top

Quality products catch the eye: PDO, PGI or TSG

Registration as PDO, PGI or TSG

Applications for registration:

'Arroz del Delta del Ebro' or 'Arrňs del Delta de l'Ebre': PDO (OJ C 314 - 22/12/2007, p. 46)

'Presunto De Santana Serra' or 'Paleta De Santana Da Serra': PGI (OJ C 308 - 19/12/2007, p. 18)

'Presunto de Campo Maior e Elvas' or 'Paleta de Campo Maior e Elvas': PGI (OJ C 308 - 19/12/2007, p. 23)

'Slovensky o?tiepok': PGI (OJ C 308 - 19/12/2007, p. 28)

'Presunto do Alentejo' or 'Paleta do Alentejo': PDO (OJ C 300 - 12/12/2007, p. 38)

'Chouriço Azedo de Vinhais' or 'Azedo de Vinhais' or 'Chouriço de Pâo de Vinhais': PGI (OJ C 289 - 01/12/2007, p. 29)

'Salame S. Angelo': PGI (OJ C 289 - 01/12/2007, p. 32)

'Oeufs de Loué': PGI (OJ C 282 - 24/11/2007, p. 13)

Applications to amend a specification:

'Bleu de Gex Haut-Jura' or 'Bleu de Septmoncel': PDO (OJ C 298 - 11/12/2007, p. 21)

'Roquefort': PDO (OJ C 298 - 11/12/2007, p. 28)

'Rocamadour': PDO (OJ C 291 - 05/12/2007, p. 14)

'Panellets': TSG (OJ C 280 - 23/11/2007, p. 20)

Cancellation request:

'Arroz del Delta del Ebro': PGI (OJ C 314 - 22/12/2007, p. 44)

Registrations:

'Carne de Bísaro Transmontano' or 'Carne de Porco Transmontano': PDO, 'Szegedi szal mi' or 'Szegedi téliszal mi': PDO, 'Pecorino di Filiano': PDO, 'Cereza del Jerte': PDO, 'Garbanzo de Fuentesaúco': PGI, 'Lenteja Pardina de Tierra de Campos': PGI, '???????? ??????????' ('Loukoumi Geroskipou'): PGI, 'Skalicky trdelník': PGI (OJ L 330 - 15/12/2007, p. 13)

'T?ebo?sky kapr: PGI (OJ L 312 - 30/11/2007, p. 16)

'Salame Cremona': PGI (OJ L 305 - 23/11/2007, p. 3)

Amendment of specifications:

'Olives noires de Nyons': PDO (OJ L 330 - 15/12/2007, p. 15)

'Huile d'olive de Nyons': PDO (OJ L 320 - 06/12/2007, p. 12)

 

 

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Calls for tender

Calls for tender

Contract notices are available in all official EU languages.

Important notice: This selection is not exhaustive. For a complete list of current calls for tenders please log on to Tenders electronic daily.

"Framework contract for audits of measures under direct expenditure and shared management": Contract notice and tender documents [Deadline for submission: 27/03/2008]

 

 

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