Benefitting from an EU-China project on capacity building for young professional famers and agricultural professionals, a group of 12 young farmers from China came to Europe. Visiting Belgium, the United Kingdom and Estonia between 15 and 28 April 2018, the Chinese farmers and agricultural professionals had the chance to learn more about European agriculture.
Commissioner Phil Hogan will be visiting China in May 2018, accompanied by a business delegation of senior representatives from the European agri-food sector. The purpose of this visit is facilitating exchange and agreements between European and Chinese businesses active in the agri-food sector, while building on and profiting from existing presence of European agri-food products on the Chinese market. China was the second largest importer of EU agricultural and processed agricultural products in 2016, receiving 8.7% of all EU agricultural exports.
The seminar, bringing together acknowledged European experts from the field of food safety and quality policy on the one hand, and representatives of Korean authorities, importers, retailers, journalists and researchers on the other, will provide an avenue for presentation of practical EU approaches concerning sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, labelling, controls, organic products as well as geographical indications.
Following the publication last November of the European Commission’s Communication on the Future of Food & Farming, the latest EU-wide Eurobarometer survey of public opinion about the common agricultural policy show that just over 60% of respondents believe that the common agricultural policy (CAP) benefits all citizens and not just farmers.
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EU beef and sheep meat exports to Iran will soon be significantly facilitated, after the country adopts a single health certification system for exports from all EU Member States.
The EU’s new Horizon 2020 work programme was unveiled on 27 October 2017, including an investment of €1 billion towards knowledge and innovation in agriculture, food and rural development.
Unjustified trade barriers on European cheeses imposed by China have been lifted, allowing trade to resume immediately.