10 Jul 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 10 JULYBrussels Daily
Tenth round of TTIP negotiations
From 13 to 17 July, the tenth round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the EU and the US will take place in Brussels. On Monday 13 July, at the opening of the week-long round of negotiations, there will be a possibility for accredited photo and audio-visual media to cover the handshake between EU chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero and US chief negotiator Dan Mullaney, which will take place in the VIP Corner of the Berlaymont. Video footage and photo material will be made available on the audio-visual website of the European Commission. The Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission will also organise a stakeholder event at the Management Centre Europe (MCE) on Wednesday 15 July, to ensure that a plurality of interests is taken into account during the negotiations and beyond. Accredited journalists have the possibility to attend the event with prior registration. The EU and US chief negotiators will hold the closing press conference on Friday 17 July at 15.30 in the European Commission’s press room, which can be followed live via EbS.
Latest Short-Term Outlook for EU agricultural markets
A report on the short-term market outlook for EU arable, dairy and meat markets has been published by the European Commission today. This regular exercise concludes that EU dairy deliveries are expected to finish the calendar year just 1% higher than in 2014, despite the end of dairy quotas at the start of April. With the continuation of the Russian import ban, more milk is likely to be channelled into skimmed milk powder and butter, rather than cheese. With regard to cereals, after last year’s record crop (329 million tonnes of cereals – about 14% above average), exports are estimated close to 60% above average. Moreover, this year’s cereal harvest is forecast to be higher than average levels (+6%) for the third year in a row. In the meat sector, pigmeat production is expected to increase further in 2015, driven by low feed prices and a slightly higher breeding sows herd. Poultrymeat production continues its steady development. Beefmeat production is also likely to rise in 2015, boosted by cow herd developments and export opportunities. Relatively good prices and favourable forage conditions support an increasing herd and production in the sheep sector. This additional meat on the market translates in an average 1.4% (1kg) increase in consumption per capita this year, after the strong recovery already observed in 2014.
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