Brussels Daily
15 Nov 2016


Brussels Daily


New record in EU agri-food exports in September 2016

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports in September 2016 reached a record value of almost €11.5 billion exceeding the export values in September of previous years by about €500 million. Highest increases in monthly export values (September 2016 compared to September 2015) were recorded for the USA and Japan. Agri-food exports to other Asian countries also increased notably (South Korea, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong). Analysing the EU export performance over the last 12 months per product category, export values increased in particular for pig meat (€+1.2 billion; +31% compared to export values in the 12-months period one year ago), fresh vegetables (€+480 million; +18%), meat offal, other meat and fat , olive oil, food preparations and live animals. However, exports of milk powders lost most in export values in the last 12 months. The full report with the latest figures is online.


EUROSTAT: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €26.5 billion

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in September 2016 was €176.7 billion, an increase of 2% compared with September 2015 (€173.2 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €150.2 bn, a fall of 2% compared with September 2015 (€154.0 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €26.5 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in September 2016, compared with +€19.2 bn in September 2015. Intra-euro area trade remained nearly stable at €148.3 bn in September 2016, compared with September 2015. A press release is available here.


Deep-sea fishing opportunities: unanimous agreement by Ministers on quotas for the next two years 

The EU fisheries ministers have agreed on fishing limits (or Total Allowable Catches) for 19 deep-sea stocks for 2017 and 2018. It is the first time in six years that a unanimous agreement was reached on deep sea quotas. One of the TACs agreed, the roundnose grenadier in Northern areas, will be fished for the very first time in accordance with Maximum Sustainable Yield levels, i.e. levels that allow the fishing industry to take the highest amount of fish from the sea, while keeping fish stocks healthy. Deep sea fish are by nature special and vulnerable species. They grow slowly and can reproduce only as of 20 or 30 years of age. Therefore long-term sustainable management is necessary for these stocks. Furthermore, a new element in yesterday’s agreement is the addition 3 small, scientific TACs for deep-sea sharks. Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella welcomed the outcome and its implications for deep-sea stocks: “For the first time we will have one deep-sea stock fished at MSY in 2017, which is good progress. For those stocks for which scientists are unable to give us MSY advice, our comprise recognises that we need to manage these sensitive stocks with caution, as we know little about them and as they recover very slowly. Combined with all this, the new element on sharks makes me feel confident that we have taken another important step for both our stocks and our fishermen“. A Press release and details of the outcome are available online.



BXL TUESDAY  Daily-News-15-11-2016

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