Brussels Daily
06 Jan 2016


Brussels Daily


Latest Eurobarometer on Europeans and Agriculture shows broad support for the Common Agricultural Policy

According to a new Eurobarometer survey published today, there is a growing awareness among Europeans of the contribution of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to the European Commission’s top priorities, with over 80% of the respondents considering the role of the CAP “very or fairly important” for stimulating jobs and growth and for supporting the role of the farmer in the food chain. Respondents also agree that the CAP contributes to improving trade relations between the EU and the rest of the world (66% agree) and to the smooth running of the EU single market (65% agree). Commenting on this publication, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, said: “I welcome the growing importance that citizens are putting on agriculture and rural areas, and appreciate that 70% of Europeans believe that the EU is fulfilling its role in securing the European food supply. I also welcome the indications that EU citizens understand how the CAP is contributing to investment, growth and jobs. These will feed into our deliberations when determining EU policy for the future.” The outcome of the survey also highlights the importance for the future that the general public puts on agriculture and rural areas (>90%) and confirms the trend from previous surveys which shows increasing concern about the future of agriculture and rural areas as well as improved awareness of the CAP. The aim of this Special Eurobarometer Survey was to understand the relationship between Europeans and agriculture, by exploring the level of importance they attach to agriculture, understanding their view of the role of the farmer and what they believe are the main objectives of the EU with regards to agriculture. More findings can be found here and the full Eurobarometer report is available online

First official visit of President Juncker and the College of Commissioners to the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On the occasion of the start of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2016, President Juncker and the College of Commissioners will pay their first official visit to the Dutch Presidency today and tomorrow, 6 and 7 January. Tonight, the College members will be received by the Mayor of Amsterdam, Mr Eberhard Van der Laan, who will host a working dinner. On Thursday, the College of Commissioners will be welcomed by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Members of his Cabinet at the National Maritime Museum. At 10:30, President Juncker and Prime Minister Rutte will meet bilaterally, followed by a press conference at 11:10, which can be followed on EbS. After the press conference, the College and Dutch Cabinet members will hold so-called “cluster meetings”. During these meetings, they will address and discuss the five priorities outlined in the strategic agenda of the Dutch Presidency: Jobs, growth and competitiveness; the Economic and Monetary Union, financial services, social affairs and regional policy; the Energy Union, climate and transport; the EU as a strong global player; and finally, freedom, justice, security and counter-terrorism. At 12:30, the College will be hosted by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima at the Royal Palace Amsterdam for a working lunch. The College will then travel to The Hague, where a dialogue with members of the States General of the Netherlands will conclude the visit. This is the 12th time that the Netherlands are chairing the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, last time being in 2004.



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