21 Apr 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 21 APRILBrussels Daily
Young farmers to benefit from EU-Chine Exchange Programme
Commissioner Phil Hogan and Han Changfu, Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, signed a joint statement in Brussels on 21 April 2017 launching an EU-China project on capacity building for young professional farmers and agricultural professionals.
The aim of the project is to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the area of agriculture and rural development between the EU and China, providing an opportunity for young farmers and agricultural professionals from both sides see how they each rise to the challenges of their respective farming sectors. The joint EU-China statement.
Commissioner Malmström discusses trade policy with consumer organisations
EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström is meeting today with representatives of the European Consumer Organisations (BEUC) and the European Board of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). The meeting will focus on how to best take account of consumers’ interests while shaping EU trade policy. Today’s exchange will build upon prior technical consultations between the Commission and these organisations. Engagement with stakeholders, including consumer organisations, NGOs, trade unions, as well as business representatives has been at the heart of the Commission’s effort for a more responsible, inclusive and transparent trade and investment policy. Based on its commitment to engage more closely with civil society, as expressed in the 2015 policy strategy paper “Trade for All“, the Commission has been intensifying its outreach activities in and outside Brussels, engaging through civil society dialogues, citizens’ dialogues, specific stakeholder meetings and public consultations.