Brussels Daily
27 Nov 2015


Brussels Daily


Antitrust: new Commission Guidelines on joint selling of olive oil, beef and veal, and arable crops

The European Commission has adopted new Guidelines on how specific agricultural derogations from EU antitrust rules apply to the sale of certain agricultural products. The Guidelines aim to support European farmers by clarifying how they can, under certain conditions, cooperate to jointly sell olive oil, beef and veal, and arable crops without breaching EU competition rules. These markets are worth more than €80 billion annually. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: “These Guidelines are a manual explaining to farmers how to organise themselves in order to be able to jointly sell olive oil, beef and veal, and arable crops, while still fully respecting EU competition rules. The objective is to ensure that European farmers can work together to remain competitive and benefit from bargaining power towards the buyers”. Phil Hogan, Commissioner for agriculture and rural development, said: “The guidelines are about strengthening farmers’ collective position in the food supply chain by setting out clear and practicable rules. They help farmers to counter-balance the effects of increasing concentration at the processing and retailing stages of the chain. This is an important step towards workable conditions of competition on agricultural markets and the full use of the available tools in the new CAP.” The new Guidelines complement the 2013 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform that introduced a number of changes to the rules on how EU farmers can cooperate. A full press release and a factsheet are available in all EU languages.


New Eurostat flagship publication: People in the EU

Today, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishesthe flagship publication “People in the EU: who are we and how do we live?”. Its seven chapters provide a detailed picture of the population, families, households and housing, which helps understand the demographic, social and economic situation of those living in the EU. As Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility, states in the foreword of the publication: “Providing a better understanding of the different aspects of the lives of individuals and families will help the European Commission and the Member State governments in their joint efforts to create prosperity for everybody in Europe. This data will help us translate the 10 Juncker Commission priorities into targeted policies and concrete actions“. A Eurostat press release is available here.



Commissioner Andriukaitis visits US

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will be on an official visit to the United States from 30 November to 4 December 2015 to discuss health and food safety issues that are a priority on both sides of the Atlantic. During his visit he will meet several US authorities, including Ms Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mr. Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Michael Froman, US Trade Representative, Mr Stephen Ostroff, acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and Mr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Commissioner will also visit the Universities of Harvard and Georgetown. Topics to be discussed include: joint EU-US efforts on antimicrobial resistance, global health security Ebola follow-up, chronic diseases, food-borne diseases and surveillance networks and health and food safety issues included in the TTIP.



  • President Juncker at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris
  • European Commission provides €5.4 million in funding for projects to prevent and combat all forms of intolerance
  • Eurostat publishes latest indicators for early detection of macroeconomic imbalances
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