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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 16 NOVEMBER
16 Nov 2015

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 16 NOVEMBER

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Agricultural market information accessible to all with new online tool 

The Commission launches today a new tool to support farmers and interested parties in making informed choices: the ‘agriculture dashboards’. Access to accurate information, transparency and prompt publication are key elements to take better advantage of the market possibilities and face volatility. The dashboards offer full access to all available market data through a single page. Presenting them to EU Agriculture Ministers in the Council today, Commissioner Phil Hogan said: “The EU agri-food sector is ready to meet the growing world demand. Our challenge as policymakers is to give our farmers and agri-business the tools and freedom to be all they can be.” Dashboards are online for five different sectors: dairy, beef, cereals, pig meat and poultry. They are made and updated almost daily on the basis of the latest national, European and international data. Find out more about this new tool in the following factsheet

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomes the political agreement on novel food

Today, the agreement on new novel food Regulation has been finalized by EU ministers. The new rules aim to improve conditions so that businesses can more easily bring new and innovative food to the EU market, while still maintaining a high level of food safety for European consumers. It will offer European consumers the benefit of a broader choice of food and a more favourable environment for Europe’s agri-food industry – the second largest employment sector in Europe – to benefit from innovation, which in turn is good for growth and jobs. Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomes the political agreement on novel food:” I am delighted with the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the novel food proposal. This agreement brings us closer to a more effective regulatory environment that will allow businesses to bring innovative food to market, whilst ensuring the highest possible levels of food safety for European consumers.” Full statement is available here and a Q&A on the new novel food Regulation here.

President Juncker at the G20 Summit in Antalya: state of play

Yesterday, ahead of the G20 Summit taking place on 15-16 November in Antalya, Turkey, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk held a joint press conference, during which they condemned the brutal Paris attacks. In this context, President Juncker called for a global response to the refugee crisis and warned leaders gathered in Antalya that the Paris attacks should not deter countries from protecting and relocating refugees on their territories. He furthermore stressed the importance of implementing tax reforms and agreeing to a legally-binding climate deal in Paris in December. A transcript of the press conference can be found here. Yesterday, leaders discussed development and climate change, the global economy, investment and employment strategies, as well as the fight against terrorism and the refugee crisis. In the margins of the Summit, President Juncker had bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Together with President Tusk, he also held talks with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, following which both sides welcomed the finalisation of the negotiations of the EU-Australia Framework Agreement, and agreed to launch negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement. The full statement following the EU-Australia talks can be found here. Today, discussions at the G20 Summit will be focusing on financial regulation, international tax and anti-corruption policies, trade, energy and the preparation of next year’s Chinese G20 presidency. The Leaders’ Conclusions will be made available online once adopted. Finally, Presidents Juncker and Tusk will hold a bilateral meeting with President Erdogan at 15:30 CET (16:30 local time) during which the refugees crisis will figure high on the agenda. All press material related to the G20 Summit can be found here.  

OTHER NEWS

  • EU budget deal strengthens response to refugee crisis
  • Better protection for crime victims enters into force
  • State aid: Commission approves prolongation of Irish credit union restructuring scheme
  • EUROSTAT: Annual inflation up to 0.1% in the euro area
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