20 May 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 20 MAYBrussels Daily
EU agri-food exports keep increasing
EU agri-food exports to third countries in March 2016 were worth €11.3 billion, about €1 billion higher than in February 2016, according to the latest monthly report on agri-food trade. The figures show the highest increase in exports to China – which were 11.8% higher in March 2016 than in March 2015. For the past 12 months, exports to China increased to €2.6 billion, a 33% rise compared to the same period one year ago. For monthly export values, the highest increases were achieved for pork (from €318 million to €422 million in March 2016, an increase of 32.5%), followed by oilseeds (other than soya beans), some food preparations and wine. Over the last twelve months, export values went up most for wine, which witnessed an increase of €783 million or 8% compared to the 12-month period one year earlier.
Emissions trading: slight decrease in emissions in 2015
Emissions of greenhouse gases from installations participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are estimated to have decreased by just under 0.4% last year, according to the information recorded in the Union Registry. The surplus of emission allowances that has built up in the system since 2009 was considerably reduced last year as a result of “back-loading”, which postponed the auctioning of 300 million allowances from 2015 to 2019-2020, combined with stable emissions. EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said: “The good news is that the EU ETS emissions dropped slightly last year, which confirms the decreasing trend over the last five years. Also, 2015 marks the first year in which the surplus shrank considerably on the European carbon market – thanks to the back-loading of allowances. This shows that our efforts to address the serious market imbalance start to bear fruit. But back-loading is just the beginning. The Market Stability Reserve will need to complete the work.” More information on the website of the European Commission.