Category Archives: English news

Innovative Spanish farmer supplies tasty lamb to the whole world

Spain accounts for more than a quarter of sheep meat production in the European Union (EU). About 10 percent is produced by farmers in Aragon. One of the members of a lamb cooperative there is the innovative sheep farmer Antonio Enfedaque. Nieuwe Oogst visited his company in November.

Fertilizer use fell in Hungary

Fertiliser distributors sold 1.08 million tonnes of fertiliser directly to farmers in 2023. The volume sold was 18.8 per cent less than a year earlier.

Fighting against unfair trading practices: European Commission gathers views from farmers and operators in the food supply chain

The European Commission is calling farmers and all smaller suppliers across the food supply chain to share their views on their experience with unfair trading practices. A survey is currently available online in all EU languages until 15 March 2024. During the recent weeks farmers and their associations raised concerns about prevalence of unfair practices within the food supply chain. By participating in the survey, farmers and smaller suppliers can express their concerns and share their experience with unfair trading practices. After presenting options for simplification to reduce the burden for EU farmers, the Commission is also working on actions to improve the position of farmers in the food chain and to improve the enforcement against unfair trading practices.

The European Commission presents options for simplification to reduce the burden for EU farmers

Slovak farmers arrive to Kosice on February 22, 2024

Today, the European Commission sent a paper to the Belgian Presidency outlining first possible actions to help reduce the administrative burden weighing on farmers’ shoulders. The document, which will be discussed with Member States in the agricultural Council of 26 February, lists a range of short- and mid-term actions that can be taken to achieve simplification. This will serve as the basis for discussions and joint action with EU countries.

Commission invests over €233 million in Strategic Environment and Climate Projects across Europe

Today, the Commission is investing over €233 million in twelve new Strategic Projects across Europe under the LIFE programme to support the implementation of the EU’s environmental and climate ambitions under the European Green Deal. These Strategic Projects are expected to mobilise substantial additional funds from other EU sources, including agricultural, structural, regional and research funds, as well as from national governments and private sector investment.

Easier access to EU funding for rural areas thanks to EU Rural Toolkit

Today, the Commission launched a new interactive guide mapping all funding opportunities available at EU level for rural areas. EU funds and programmes that can foster sustainable growth and well-being in rural areas abound. However, identifying the most appropriate option is not always straightforward for potential beneficiaries. The Rural toolkit gathers funding opportunities from 26 different EU funds, from the Common Agricultural Policy to Cohesion Funds, Horizon Europe and the Recovery and Resilience Facility. In just a few clicks, rural entrepreneurs and local authorities can find out the best funding available to help them develop their project.

Commission presents recommendation for 2040 emissions reduction target to set the path to climate neutrality in 2050

The Commission has published a detailed impact assessment on possible pathways to reach the agreed goal of making the European Union climate neutral by 2050. Based on this impact assessment, the Commission recommends a 90% net greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2040 compared to 1990 levels, launching a discussion with all stakeholders; a legislative proposal will be made by the next Commission, after the European elections, and agreed with the European Parliament and Member States as required under the EU Climate Law. This recommendation is in line with the advice of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change (ESABCC) and the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement.

The European Commission approves a new geographical indication for France, „Sel de Camargue” / „Fleur de sel de Camargue”

The European Commission approved the inclusion in the register of protected geographical indications (PGI) of „Sel de Camargue”/””, a salt from the Petite Camargue geographical area.

Meeting between farmers and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission – VIDEO

Doorstep by Ursula VON DER LEYEN, President of the European Commission, and roundtable, with Alexander DE CROO, Belgian Prime Minister, and Mark RUTTE, Dutch Prime Minister. Weblink:


EU reaffirms trade support for Ukraine and Moldova

The Commission has today proposed to renew the suspension of import duties and quotas on Ukrainian exports to the EU for another year, while reinforcing protection for sensitive EU agricultural products.

The price of milk has fallen in Hungary

According to the data of AKI PÁIR, the national average producer price of raw milk in Hungary was HUF 161.96 per kilogram in June 2023.

CAP: Commission launches a call for tenders concerning a framework contract for analytical services on knowledge and skills of farmers, social and societal aspects of agriculture and rural areas

The EC has launched a call for tenders concerning a framework contract for analytical services on knowledge and skills of farmers, social and societal aspects of agriculture and rural areas.

EU package to make sustainable use of key natural resources

The European Commission adopted Wednesday a package of measures for a sustainable use of key natural resources, which will also strengthen the resilience of EU food systems and farming. A soil monitoring law will put the EU on a pathway to healthy soils by 2050, by gathering data on the health of soils and making it available to farmers and other soil managers, says the EU executive. The proposal „will boost Europe’s resilience and ensure a viable future for our farmers, landowners and people,” said Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius: „In a nutshell, it legally defines healthy soils and allow us gather data on the state of soils, make a sustainable soil management the norm and very importantly help decontaminate polluted soils.”

Extra-EU exports to Ukraine above pre-war levels

EU trade with Ukraine has been strongly affected since the start of Russia’s invasion, with an initial strong disruption recorded between February and March 2022, when the share of Ukraine with respect to extra-EU flows dropped for both imports and exports (-40% and -56%, respectively). However, in December 2022, the share of Ukraine in extra-EU exports was above the pre-war level (1.5% in December compared with 1.2% in February 2022) while imports remained slightly below (1.0% compared with 1.1%).

NBH augurs slowdown in pace of inflation after September

The National Bank of Hungary (NBH) expects CPI to continue to rise for the rest of the year, albeit at a slower pace after September, a central bank director said on Thursday.

Forint falls to new lows on interbank forex market

The forint traded at 418.23 to the euro around 10:00 in the morning on Thursday, recovering after slipping as far as 419.36 a new low.