EU: CAP reforms to save industry “hundreds of millions”
Reforms to food import and export licensing requirements and other initiatives to reduce red tape will cut administrative costs in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy by 25% by 2012, Brussels has announced.
The European Commission said the changes, some of which have already been introduced, will save the food industry and farmers "hundreds of millions of euros a year."
Among other things the programme of cost-cutting measures means a reduction in the number of licence requirements for imports from 500 to 65.
Specific marketing standards for 26 types of fruit and vegetables have been withdrawn, freeing operators of compliance costs.
The announcement this weekend by European Union's Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel that she is standing down has sparked intense speculation on her potential replacement....
European dairy farmers remain unsatisfied with the fresh swathe of support being proposed by the EU, insisting that the goal of phasing out quotas by 2015 is "not beneficial" to the market....
Emergency powers to help European dairy producers in current and future market crises have been proposed by the European Commission, which claims that dairy prices are finally climbing....
Mariann Fischer Boel is to step down from her role as EU Agriculture Commissioner at the end of her term....
EU Agriculture Minister Mariann Fischer Boel today (15 September) called for countries to grow more food, in more challenging weather conditions, with lower emissions of greenhouse gases....
The French government has pressed for urgent financial support from the European Commission to offset losses in Europe's pigmeat sector, which has been struggling since prices dropped in 2007....
The attack by France and Germany on the European Commission's 'health check' reforms to phase out EU dairy quotas by 2015 is gathering support, with 16 member states backing increased subsidies....
European legislators have urged the EU to include cheese in plans to extend aid for the bloc's dairy farmers until February next year....
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