Brussels Briefing on Agriculture – All you need to know for March & April 2015

In this Brussels Briefing on Agriculture, AGRA FACTS  journalists Rose O’Donovan & Ed Bray provide an update on the latest developments in the European Union’s farm policy:

At the last Farm Council, which took place on March 16:

  • Member States discussed the reform of organic farming rules and the spread of an olive tree pest in Italy.
  • The Commission announced that it had decided to extend the deadline for farmers to apply for direct payment support.
  • The end of the milk quota regime scheduled for March 31 was largely debated with an expected cooperation between the Directorate General for Agriculture and the European Investment Bank to be made public in the coming weeks.

Highly anticipated is the Commission’s review of legislation on the GMO approval and import procedure due at the end of April with a possible renationalisation of the decision-making process.

Key dates for the coming weeks: an Agriculture Committee meeting in the European Parliament on March 23 & 24 featuring discussions with Commissioners Phil Hogan and Vytenis Andriukaitis, the Forum for the Future of Agriculture on March 31 and a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on April 20 in Luxembourg.

Featuring statement by European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis.

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