Brussels Daily
08 Jul 2016


Brussels Daily


Agriculture: Commission publishes Short-Term Outlook report

The Commission today published the Short-Term Outlook for EU arable crops, dairy and meat markets in 2016 and 2017. Thanks to the boost in exports to China, EU pigmeat exports are expected to reach a record level in 2016 at 2.4 million tonnes (+18% on annual basis). Current negotiations for access to other markets could even further improve the export situation. EU beef gross production is expected to further increase by 2.4% due to a higher number of slaughterings and very dynamic live exports. As for dairy, EU prices have since the first week of May started increasing for butter, whole milk powder and whey powder and to a lesser extent for skimmed milk powder, cheddar and gouda. As was the case in 2009, these developments are not reflected in milk prices paid to farmers as the EU dairy market remains oversupplied. Despite the maintenance of the Russian ban, EU dairy exports are overall expected to increase by 5% in 2016, which means 900,000 tonnes of milk more than last year. The EU cereal production for the marketing year 2015/2016 is expected to be high, only 5.4% below the record 2014/2015 harvest, at 310 million tonnes of usable production. Read full report below


RegioStars Awards 2016: jury selects 23 finalists as Europe’s most notable regional projects

Today the Commission announced the finalists for the 2016 RegioStars Awards, which honour Europe’s most notable and innovative projects supported by Cohesion Policy Funds. An independent jury led by MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij selected 23 finalists from regions and cities in 14 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, on the basis of four criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. The jury will later select one winning project in each of the following five categories: 1) “Smart Growth”, for innovative projects creating new opportunities in the global economy, 2) “Sustainable Growth” for exemplary projects in the field of Circular Economy, 3) “Inclusive Growth”, for projects promoting social inclusion, 4) “CityStars”, rewarding solutions for sustainable urban development, and for the first time, in this 9th edition of the RegioStars Awards, 5) “Effective Management”, for outstanding innovation in the fields of simplification and efficient management of the funds. The winners will be announced during the 2016 RegioStars Award ceremony, which will take place on 11 October, during the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities.


EUROSTAT First population estimates – EU population up to slightly over 510 million at 1 January 2016… … despite a first ever negative natural change

On 1 January 2016, the population of the European Union (EU)was estimated at 510.1 million, compared with 508.3 million on 1 January 2015. During the year 2015, almost 5.1 million babies were born in the EU, while more than 5.2 million persons died, meaning that the EU recorded for the first time ever a negative natural change of its population. The remainder of the change (positive) is driven mainly by net migration.  Full text available on EUROSTAT website


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