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Wednesday, 21 March 2018
A total of € 346.5 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States is claimed back as a result of a conformity clearance procedure decision adopted by the European Commission. The money returns to the EU budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure.
The European Union (EU) on Monday granted four regional organisations of the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (ESA-IO) region financing worth €118 million (US$161 million) to support regional economic integration.
Food labels should give information on energy content and nutritional value, but they must not mislead, and must be made easier to understand, so as to enable consumers to make informed choices, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. However, the committee voted against imposing EU-wide use of a "traffic light" system to show important nutrient amounts. e committee report, drafted by Renate Sommer (EPP, DE), was approved with 52 votes in favour, 2 against and 5 abstentions, after MEPs had voted on almost 800 amendments.
European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht opened a conference focused on the European Union's trade policy towards developing countries. The objective of this conference is to discuss publicly how to maintain the effectiveness of the EU's General System of Preferences (GSP) in promoting development, how to make the most of regional trade agreements with developing countries, and how to encourage sustainable development.
All over the world, biological diversity - the variety of ecosystems, species and genes - remains under severe threat. If mankind continues with "business as usual", the annual loss of vital ecosystem services provided for free by nature is estimated to equal €50 billion, while by 2050 the accumulated welfare losses could amount to 7% of GDP.