EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 20 FEBRUARY

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 20 FEBRUARY
20 Feb 2015

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 20 FEBRUARY

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EUROSTAT: Facts and figures on agriculture in the European Union; Statistical book on agriculture, forestry and fishery

How many people work in the agricultural sector in each EU Member State? How have prices changed over recent years? Which Member State is the biggest producer of cereals, tomatoes, apples, meat or milk? How important are the forest resources in the European Union? How many tonnes of fish were caught and how large is aquaculture production? Answers to these questions and many more can be found in the 2014 edition of the statistical book on agriculture, forestry and fishery issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. This publication is divided into seven chapters, providing facts and figures about agricultural accounts and prices, agricultural products, agriculture and environment, forestry and fishery production. As 2014 was proclaimed the International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations, the publication also provides specific focus on family farming in the EU and an analysis of changes in farm holdings over a period of five or ten years.  Read  full press release i.

EUROSTAT: First estimate for the fourth quarter of 2014; EU28 current account surplus €33.4 bn; €40.7 bn surplus for trade in services

The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of €33.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with surpluses of €15.1 bn in the third quarter of 2014 and of €29.9 bn in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with the third quarter of 2014, based on seasonally adjusted data, the balance of the goods account moved into surplus (from -€6.5 bn to +€12.4 bn) and the surplus of the services account increased (from +€37.9 bn to +€40.7 bn). The deficit of the secondary income account improved (from -€18.8 bn to -€17.4 bn). The surplus of the primary income account turned into a deficit (from +€2.5 bn to -€2.3 bn). These data are subject to revision. A full press release is available online.

EU announces support to secure Kariba dam and electricity generation in Zambia and Zimbabwe

A signing ceremony will take place today in Zambia to announce €64 million in EU funding for the rehabilitation of the Kariba dam, which is central to energy security and economic development in both Zambia and Zimbabwe. After 50 years in operation, the dam on the Zambezi River requires rehabilitation work for its safe operation, which is essential for hundreds of thousands of Zambians and Zimbabweans. The project will be co-financed with the African Development Bank, Sweden and the World Bank. Ahead of the signing, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: “The Kariba dam is a vital source of energy in the region, which in turn improves living conditions and boosts growth. Our new support will help to preserve this dam and make it safe for future generations.”

The Commission approves two new Protected Geographical Indications and one new Protected Designation of Origin

The Commission has approved the addition of three products to the register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) and Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs). These are, for Italy, ‘Pecorino delle Balze Volterrane’ (PDO), a cheese produced in the province of Pisa, made exclusively with raw, whole sheep’s milk from flocks of the Sarda breed and using vegetable rennet; for Latvia, ‘Carnikavas nēģi’ (PGI), lampreys caught in the river Gauja in Carnikava municipality from 1 August to 1 February, celebrated in an annual Lamprey Festival marking the opening of the lamprey fishing season – the PGI covers both fresh lampreys and lampreys cooked in aspic; for Portugal, ‘Meloa de Santa Maria — Açores’ (PGI), a cantaloupe melon from the island of Santa Maria in the Archipelago of the Azores, characterised by its sweet, juicy taste and its high vitamin C content, relative to common melons. These three denominations will be added to the list of close to 1,200 products already protected. More information is available on the webpages on quality products and DOOR database of protected products.

Read full version:  Daily News 20 / 02 / 2015

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