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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 04 FEBRUARY
04 Feb 2016

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 04 FEBRUARY

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Promotion of EU agricultural products – new calls for proposals published

The first calls for promotion campaigns for EU agricultural products under new EU promotion rules have been opened by the Commission today.
Under the new policy, applicable since 1 December 2015, EU funds are available to co-finance multi-annual projects aimed at finding new markets and promoting EU agricultural products not only within the EU, but also on third country markets – with different rates of co-funding applicable. Some €111 million is available for promotion under the EU budget in 2016.   Speaking today, EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, responsible for Agriculture & Rural Development, said: “I am pleased to confirm that the first calls for proposals under the new promotion rules has been launched. I recall that this year’s programmes include €30 million which is ring-fenced for the troubled milk and pigmeat sectors. Europe’s agri-food produce is second to none in the global marketplace. With a budget of €111 million this year, and a simpler application system, I am optimistic that these measures can boost our exports and thereby create jobs and growth in rural areas across Europe. As a further push to promote EU agricultural products, I shall myself be making a series of visits to third countries. Next week I am travelling to Columbia and Mexico accompanied by a delegation of European producers.”  More information is available here

Winter 2016 Economic Forecast: Weathering new challenges

Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has presented the Winter 2016 Economic Forecast. The European economy is now entering its fourth year of recovery and growth continues at a moderate rate, driven mainly by consumption. At the same time, much of the world economy is grappling with major challenges and risks to European growth are therefore increasing. In the euro area, growth is projected to increase to 1.7% this year from 1.6% last year, and to climb to 1.9% in 2017. EU economic growth is forecast to remain stable at 1.9% this year and rise to 2.0% next year. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, said: “Europe is continuing its recovery, with growth broadly in line with our previous forecast in autumn. We have to remain attentive. Europe’s moderate growth is facing increasing headwinds, from slower growth in emerging markets such as China, to weak global trade and geopolitical tensions in Europe’s neighbourhood. It is important to continue structural reforms that can help our economies grow, withstand shocks in the future, and improve job opportunities for our population.” Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: “The European economy is successfully weathering new challenges this winter, supported by cheap oil, the euro rate and low interest rates. Nonetheless, the weaker global environment poses a risk and means we must be doubly vigilant. There is more work to do to strengthen investment, enhance our competitiveness in a smart way and complete the job of fixing our public finances.” A press release is available in all EU languages. Commissioner Moscovici’s presentation (including the slides) is available online. For further information, please consult the European Economic forecast webpage

OTHER NEWS

  • Eurostat: The EU was dependent on energy imports for slightly over half of its consumption in 2014
  • Eurostat: Still 1 in 4 deaths caused by cancer in the EU

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