Drought in Europe: the Commission offers further support to European farmers

The European Commission is offering support to farmers faced with the waves of drought afflicting Europe. Firstly, farmers will be able to receive a higher percentage of their direct and rural development payments in advance. Secondly, to be able to feed their animals, they will be granted greater flexibility to use land that would normally […]

Strong performance from EU agri-food sector as exports rise

The value of EU agri-food exports in March 2019 was 7% higher at €12.6 billion than the same month last year, whilst imports reached €10.1 billion. In total, the EU agri- food surplus for March stood at €2.5 billion, an increase of 34%.  These are the main findings of the latest monthly trade report published […]

1 billion € for Europe’s next generation of farmers

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have launched a €1 billion loans package for agriculture and the bioeconomy with specific targets to support younger farmers, alongside new fi-compass advisory products. The sum will be matched by the implementing financial institutions, thereby mobilising close to €2 billion of long-term financing for small and […]

EU: The unfair trading practices directive has been adopted

Member countries have two years time to implement the directive on unfair trading practices in agriculture that has officially been signed by the EU President. “We have fulfilled our promise. After ten years – said Paolo De Castro, Vicepresident of EU Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural development – we managed to ban, in a […]

Tackling unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain

The EU will soon have more effective tools to tackle unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the agri-food chain, and to prevent the weaker bargaining position of small and medium-sized farmers from being exploited by larger operators, such as major processors and retailers. The Council today adopted a directive on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain. The directive […]

Sustainability at the water source in EU

Water is an essential component of agri-food production. But while many fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of water, growing them often also requires significant quantities of water. Without sufficient, good quality and easily accessible water, European agri-food production could be under threat. On average, 44% of total water use in Europe is on […]

More women managing farms across Europe

The number of women in farming has been slowly increasing in recent years. The most recent data (Eurostat 2016) suggests that, on average, around 30% of farms across the EU are managed by a woman. But data that masks some considerable differences between countries. In Lithuania and Latvia, nearly half of all farms are managed […]

The environmental objectives of the future CAP

The future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will play a fundamental role in developing a fully sustainable agricultural sector that supports environmental care, climate change action and vibrant rural life while providing safe and high quality food for over 500 million consumers. Investing, supporting and rewarding our farmers is crucial to protecting the environment and improving […]

Commission offers further support to European farmers dealing with droughts

The ongoing and prolonged drought situation in several EU countries is affecting the production of arable crops and animal feed, which could have an impact on farmer income, increase their input costs and potentially give rise to an animal welfare issues, if there is a shortage of fodder later in the year. Commissioner for agriculture, […]