16 Feb 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 16 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
EU agri-food exports remain higher than in previous years
EU agri-food exports in December 2015 achieved a value of €11.2 billion, thus exceeding the value of previous years for the same month by almost €1 billion. This is an uptake of more than 9% compared to the usual export values in December. Highest increases in monthly export values were recorded for USA, China and Japan, as well as for some Middle East countries, notably Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. The highest increases in monthly export values were witnessed for wheat as well as for vegetables and for pork. On the other hand, exports decreased since last December for milk powder and hides and skins. EU’s agri-food imports also increased compared to December last year. The highest increase in monthly imports was from Ukraine, followed by imports from USA and Australia. Imports of unroasted coffee, tea, wheat, oilseeds and tropical fruits, spices and nuts increased while imports of oilcakes, beet and cane sugar, soya beans and palm oil went down. The trade balance for all EU agri-food products in 2015 showed a surplus in exports of about €16 billion. More detailed statistics are available online.
Regions can now apply online for the RegioStars Awards 2016
From today until 15 April, regions can submit their applications online for the RegioStars Awards, which honour each year Europe’s most inspiring and innovating projects supported by Cohesion Policy funds. This year the jury will select an EU-funded project in each of the following five categories: “SmartGrowth”, for innovative projects creating new opportunities in the global economy, “Sustainable Growth” for exemplary projects in the field of Circular Economy, “Inclusive Growth”, for projects promoting social inclusion, “CityStars”, rewarding solutions for sustainable urban development, and, for the first time, “Effective Management”, for outstanding innovation in the fields of simplification and efficient management of the funds. The winners will be announced during the RegioStars Award ceremony, which will take place on 11 October, during the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities.