October 2017 compared with September 2017
A summary of the committee’s debate is now available.
The sixth round of trade negotiations with Mexico took place in Mexico City from 25 November to 1 December. Full article…
Update: the main results are now available.
The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway. Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.
The European Commission has today unveiled new tools to make the EU’s Value Added Tax (VAT) system more fraud-proof and close loopholes which can lead to large-scale VAT fraud.
This is the reference document of the Workshop on ‘The Implications of ‘Brexit’ for the EU agricultural sector and the CAP’ of 9th November 2017, organised by COMAGRI and the Policy Department B. The purpose of this Workshop was to examine and debate the main budgetary, trade and institutional issues related to the Brexit process at the current state of negotiations. This document is structured in three parts: 1. Possible impact of Brexit on the EU budget and, in particular, CAP funding. 2. EU – UK agricultural trade: state of play and possible impacts of Brexit. 3. Possible transitional arrangements related to agriculture in the light of the future EU – UK relationship: institutional issues.
Africa as a whole represents the fourth most important EU trading partner after the United States, China and Switzerland, accounting for 7.5% of total extra-EU trade in goods in 2016. In 2006, Africa accounted for 8.4% of EU trade and was EU’s third main trading partner. Over this 10-year time period, the share of Africa in extra-EU imports fell from 8.7% in 2006 to 6.7% in 2016, while its share in exports remained roughly stable at around 8%.
The tables below show basic statistical data in several areas relating to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), namely: the agriculture and food industries in the Member States (Table II), the integration of environmental concerns into the CAP (Table III), the forestry sector (Table IV), CAP financing and expenditure (Tables I and V) and trade in agricultural and food products (Table VI).
Trade liberalisation is generally expected to bring net welfare gains to the domestic economy by reallocating resources to more productive firms or to industries with a comparative advantage. However, these gains are not always distributed evenly and can involve transitional costs for certain firms and workers. Trade adjustment measures are designed to compensate for these costs.