Japan has overtaken Russia as the fourth most important export destination of EU agri-food products after the United States, China, and Switzerland, a new European Commission report has found (23 December).
A rising middle class in emerging markets, focused on food quality, bodes well for EU agri-exports, said Marc Vanheukelen, the European Union's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). EURACTIV.com reports from Athens.
In light of an unprecedented farming crisis, EU agriculture ministers will gather in France today (2 September) to exchange views on the future role of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after Britain's decision to leave the 28-country bloc.
Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has launched a “diplomatic campaign” to find new markets for EU products. But external trade complexity and an unbalanced internal market pose serious challenges for the executive.
Hit hard by the Russian food embargo, farmers from the Baltic countries and Finland have urged EU politicians to be more effective in finding new markets, as well as continue dialogue with Moscow to overcome the food ban deadlock.