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Sunday, 22 October 2017
The European Commission has approved 16 programmes in 12 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom) to provide information on and to promote agricultural products in the European Union. The total budget of the programmes running between one and three years is € 62.1 million, of which the EU will contribute € 27.8 million. The selected programmes cover organic products, dairy products, meat, wine, fruit and vegetables, olive oil, honey and flowers.
Source: European Commission
Friday, 24 July 2009
EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 27-28 July: General Affairs and External Relations Council
- 28 July: ACP working part
- 29 July: Africa Working Party (COAFR)

ACP Secretariat (Brussels):
- 28 July: W/G on Fisheries
- 29 July: EPAs negotiating meeting (AFOA)

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/
Former Belgian foreign minister starts work on development and humanitarian aid portfolio. Karel De Gucht stepped down as Belgium's foreign minister and began work in his new position as European commissioner for development and humanitarian aid. De Gucht is taking over from Louis Michel, who was elected to the European Parliament. De Gucht has been appointed for an interim period until the next commission takes office, probably later this year, and will still need to appear before committees in the European Parliament. This is likely to happen in brief hearings in September, according to Parliament sources. The European Parliament does not, however, have the power to reject individual commissioners. De Gucht, a Flemish liberal (VLD), became foreign minister in 2004. He served as an MEP from 1980 to 1994 and was a member of the Flemish regional parliament from 1995 to 2003.
Source: European Voice
The European Commission will continue do all it can to support milk farmers and stabilise the dairy market. In its dairy market situation report, published today, the Commission sets out the catalogue of measures available to help alleviate the very difficult market situation. The Commission will continue to use instruments such as intervention, private storage aid and export refunds. It will allow direct payments to farmers to be paid early and has just launched a new round of dairy promotion programmes. Other potential measures include using levies on producers who exceed their quota to finance voluntary retirement from milk production, and the extension to farmers of the Temporary Crisis Framework for state aid. Member States also have the possibility to redistribute aid to the dairy sector under last year's Health Check agreement, while there are a number of possibilities to help milk farmers within Rural Development policy. The Commission is continuing its examination of potential anti-competitive practices in the food supply chain, especially the dairy sector. In line with the conclusions of the June European Council, the Commission will not reverse decisions already taken on the quota system.
Source: European Commission
Thursday, 23 July 2009
The world is facing an unprecedented financial crisis, aggravating an already worrying situation for developing countries. In 2009, as in 2008, SOS Faim is more determined than ever to keep working to help develop microfinance and food sovereignty for developing countries. Find out more about SOS Faim’s activities in the annual report (also available in French and in Spanish).
Source: SOS Faim