Press Release: Auditors scrutinise EU contribution to biodiversity in farming

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit to assess whether the EU’s agricultural policy helps maintain and enhance biodiversity. In particular, the auditors will examine the design of the EU biodiversity strategy and its application in the common agricultural policy (CAP). They will also assess the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU funding for biodiversity in farming.

Press Release: In depth: Biggest-ever European Maritime Day offers an exciting world of discovery

With 1500 registered participants, EMD 2019 has broken all previous records, including for the biggest ever exhibition, with 105 exhibitors. Walking around offers a glimpse into the exciting opportunities our seas offer – and that plenty of businesses are starting to grasp.

Press Release: Council adopts ban on single-use plastics

The EU is cracking down on plastic pollution. The Council today adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products.

The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council today is the final step in the procedure.

Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/813 of 17 May 2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the International Grains Council with respect to the extension of the Grains Trade Convention, 1995

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (21 May 2019)

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Official Journal (C Series): Common catalogue of varieties of vegetable species — third supplement to the 37th complete edition

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Agenda: Ad hoc Working Party on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 (22 May 2019)

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Press Release: Conclusions of the 51st meeting of the EEA Council

The fifty-first meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 20 May 2019 under the Presidency of Mr Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was attended by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, and Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, as well as by members of the Council of the European Union and representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service. The EEA Council discussed the overall functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) and held an orientation debate on Climate change: Long-term strategies towards 2050 and the implementation of the Paris agreement.

Press Release: Juncker Fund to mobilise almost € 400 billion in investment after new projects approved

Press Release: Commission publishes overview of EU feed supply

Roughage, such as grass and silage maize, is the main source of feed protein, representing 45% of EU total feed use. Oilseed meals supply almost a quarter of the feed proteins. While the EU is fully self-sufficient in roughage, the EU produces only 26% of what it consumes for meals from soya bean and rapeseed. Looking at the total EU use, about 80% of the feed is from EU origin. These are among the key findings of the ‘EU Feed Protein Balance Sheet’ for 2017/18, published today by the European Commission.

UPDATED – Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (17 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the Antici Group (20 May 2019)

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Commissioners’ Weekly Activities (20 May – 24 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Expert Group Sugar Market Observatory (26 April 2019)

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Letter to the attention of Minister-delegate for European Affairs Mr Ciamba signed by EP Vice-President Guillaume and Commission First-Vice President Timmermans including the “Annual Report on the operations of the Transparency Register in 2018”.

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Roadmap: Preventing fraud on agricultural goods movements in the EU – evaluation of the rules

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Roadmap: EU farm policy – impact on society and the economy in rural areas

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/624 of 8 February 2019 concerning specific rules for the performance of official controls on the production of meat and for production and relaying areas of live bivalve molluscs in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council

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Agenda: Special Committee on Agriculture (20 May 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets – Arable Crops & Olive Oil (24 May 2019)

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Press Release: Policy coherence for development: Council adopts conclusions

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Report: European Investment Bank Statistical Report 2018

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Study: Putting a price on public goods from farming

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Agenda: Working Party on Horizontal Agricultural Questions (CAP Reform) (21 May 2019)

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