13 Mar 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 13 MARCHBrussels Daily
Agriculture and Fisheries Council on Monday 16 March 2015
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting will take place in Brussels on 16 March 2015. The Commission will be represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan and by Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis. Commissioner Hogan will present the state of play of the dairy market a few weeks before the end of the milk quotas due on 31 March 2015. Ministers will also discuss the proposal for a regulation on organic farming (public session) and will share their priorities and best practices on the simplification and implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Commission will also brief the Council on a plant bacterium currently affecting olive trees (Xylella fastidiosa). The Presidency will invite Ministers for a lunch to informally exchange views on international agricultural trade issues. A press conference will be held at the end of the meeting around 18.00. The public session and the press conference can be followed by video streaming
Energy Union: Becoming the world leader in renewable energy
European renewable energy companies employ over a million people, with a turnover of 130 billion euro. The EU is well on track to meeting its target of having 20% of energy consumption come from renewable sources by 2020. This positive trend is reinforced under the recently launched Energy Union Strategy, which will enable delivering on President Juncker‘s commitment of making the EU the world leader in renewables: “Weneed to strengthen the share of renewable energies on our continent. This is not only a matter of a responsible climate change policy. It is, at the same time, an industrial policy imperative if we still want to have affordable energy at our disposal in the medium term.” The Commission’s Conference EU leading on renewable energy policy – Delivering on 2020 targets and beyond which takes place in Brussels on 17 March aims at addressing the contribution of renewable energies to sustainability, security and competitiveness. EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will open the event that particularly focuses on the policy and legal frameworks for renewables and technological innovation for renewables industry. Registration: email@example.com.
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