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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 10 NOVEMBER
10 Nov 2016

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 10 NOVEMBER

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The Commission increases the budget for promoting EU agricultural products

The Commission adopted the 2017 promotion strategy for EU agricultural products with a total budget of €133 million. This amount will co-finance several programmes, most of which will target third countries and regions, including China, the Middle East, North America, Southeast Asia and Japan. This support for promotion of EU products both in the internal market and in third countries builds on the momentum launched earlier this year by Commissioner Hogan’s diplomatic offensive to find new markets and support consumption of EU products abroad.  Returning from his business mission to Vietnam and Indonesia, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said: “I welcome these new programmes, especially in the context of the recent market difficulties. I was just now travelling in Asia as part of our efforts to boost agri-food exports, and I am struck by the interest being shown by importers and consumers in this part of the world. The further expansion of our promotion programmes next year is also particularly important as this will also help to stimulate growth and jobs in the agri-food sector. EU wide, we see that an increase in exports of €1 billion supports roughly 14,000 jobs. I am particularly pleased that this includes a new initiative to boost products from sustainable agriculture.” The 2017 budget represents a clear increase compared with the €111 million from this year, outlining the support provided to EU agri-food producers. A press release is available online.

 

International ocean governance: EU’s contribution for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans

The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy adopted today a Joint Communication, proposing actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans. The global ocean economy is estimated at €1.3 trillion. Climate change, poverty and food security are some of the global challenges that can be effectively addressed, if oceans are better protected and sustainably managed. As a strong global actor, the European Union sets out an agenda for better ocean governance based on a cross-sectoral, rules-based international approach. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, said: “We need to use all the tools we have to shape ocean governance and make it more and more part of the European Union’s external action. At the same time this is also a concrete example of how the EU Global Strategy for foreign and security policy delivers in practice”. Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, noted: “The oceans offer great potential for boosting growth, jobs and innovation, while at the same time they are at the centre of some of the most pressing global challenges”. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Oceans make up 70% of the planet. The world has come to realise that oceans need better care. Joint action is needed to keep our oceans healthy. That is why the EU is taking the lead to create a stronger system of ocean governance around the globe.” Today’s proposal sets out 14 sets of actions in three priority areas: Improving the international ocean governance framework; reducing human pressure on the oceans and creating the conditions for a sustainable blue economy; and strengthening international ocean research and data. The press conference on the proposal can be followed live on Ebs at 12:30. A press release is available online.

 

Eurostat publication- How is the EU doing in terms of environment, transport and energy? – A statistical portrait of key EU policy areas

How much energy is produced within the European Union (EU) and how much is imported from third countries? In which Member States are electricity and gas the cheapest? How does the energy mix in my country compared with other Member States? What is the share of renewables in energy consumption and how efficient is the consumption of energy in the EU? What is the share of diesel passenger cars in the EU and what is the modal split of both passenger and freight transport? Does my country have fewer road accidents? How is the EU progressing in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions? Is my country well ranked in terms of resource productivity? How many tonnes of waste are generated and recycled every year per inhabitant? And what about the development of biodiversity over recent years?   Full text available on EUROSTAT website

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