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Saturday, 21 October 2017

José Graziano da Silva of Brazil was elected Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Graziano da Silva, who is 61, received a total of 92 votes out of 180 votes cast, winning over former Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé, who received 88 votes. There were no abstentions. The election took place on the second day of the biennial 191 member nation Conference of FAO, which also will vote on the Organization's budget for 2012-2013.

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European Parliament
-27, 30 June: Committee Meetings in the European Parliament
Council of Ministers

-28 June: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
European Commission

-29 June: Weekly meeting of the college
Hungarian Presidency
-30 June: Hungary will pass the Presidency to Poland
Committee of the Regions
-30 June – 1 July: Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions

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“We have accomplished 98 percent of what we had set as our objectives,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, during his evaluation of the Hungarian Presidency’s performance in Brussels, at the 23-24 June 2011 meeting of the European Council.

A G20 farm deal agreed on Thursday is a good initial effort to tackle food price volatility and fight shortages and should encourage investment in agricultural output, France's agriculture minister said. "This is the way I see this agreement. A first step, a positive step, and also an impetus that has been given to investment in agriculture," Bruno Le Maire told Reuters Insider TV shortly after G20 farm ministers agreed an action plan to curb food price volatility.

Nuclear waste exports to countries outside the EU should be prohibited, unless exported for recycling and imported back into the EU, and even within the EU should be permitted only when governed by bilateral agreements, said Parliament on Thursday. MEPs also backed stricter rules for protecting and training workers, called for stronger investigatory powers for national authorities, and said research on alternatives to burying the waste deep underground should be stepped up.

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