The future of EU-China cooperation in the field of agriculture will be the main topic of discussion at the 11th meeting of agriculture representatives from Europe and China on 16-18 April in Brussels. Among the topics under discussion will be the future of both regions’ agricultural policies, agri-food trade and organic farming.
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.
(Brussels, 12th April 2018) Today, the European Commission has published a proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain and the members of the signatory organisations welcome this move. Such a proposal for a Directive has the potential to create a minimum harmonisation at EU level without endangering well-functioning existing systems already in place in some Member States.
The Commission is targeting the most damaging unfair trade practices to grant farmers and small and medium sized businesses greater certainty and less need to manage risks over which they have little or no control.