Agrifood news this week
Commission backtracks on intervention measures in agri-food markets
The European Commission gave in to the pressure from EU lawmakers and the agri-food industry and announced exceptional market measures on Wednesday (22 April), after having said there was not enough money left for their deployment less than a week ago. Gerardo Fortuna has the story.
EU Commission urged to protect agri-food workers
Mounting concerns for the health of workers in the agri-food sector have prompted stakeholders to call for stronger measures for their protection. Natasha Foote reports.
Geographical indications found to double value of agri-food products
Agri-food and drink products whose names are protected by the EU as geographical indications (GIs) offer a “clear economic benefit” for producers in terms of marketing and increased sales, according to a study published Monday (20 April) by the European Commission. See here for more details.
New EU budget proposal reignites battle against CAP cuts
As the Commission will put forward an updated multi-annual financial framework proposal (MFF) next week (29 April), the agri-food sector unanimously called on keeping post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending at least at its current level in value, avoiding further cuts. Read more here.
Timmermans: Farm to fork strategy delayed by couple of weeks, not months
European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans assured MEPs that the new EU Food policy and biodiversity strategy might be delayed by several weeks but no longer, after the launch was pushed back until 29 April. Gerardo Fortuna reports.