The EU Agricultural Outlook conference, which this year has the title “The future of food and farming: food for thought”, has become the key annual gathering of European policymakers and stakeholders, providing a unique opportunity to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges which lie ahead.
The Common agricultural policy (CAP) is increasingly market oriented, leading to an increase in EU competitiveness and trade performance. Supporting around 7 million beneficiaries, the CAP is also contributing to reducing poverty rates in rural areas. These were among the findings of the first assessment of the CAP’s performance published on 05 December 2018, by the European Commission.
The purpose of this study was to provide the European Commission with a comprehensive insight of the current technologies used in poultry processing in the European Union, with a view to examining the water uptake in broiler chickens from the different significant processing stages from scalding to chilling and its influence on the water/protein ratio as specified in Commission Regulation (EC) No 543/2008.
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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