21 Apr 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 21 APRILBrussels Daily
The Commission approves new promotion programmes for agricultural products
The European Commission has approved 41 new programmes to promote agricultural products in the EU and on third country markets, worth €130 million over 3 years, half of which comes from the EU budget. This includes an extra 30 million € of EU funds made available following the Russian ban on imports of EU food products last August. Commenting on these new programmes, Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Phil Hogan, said: “Promoting EU agri-food products on global markets is a strong and proactive response to the Russian ban. The increased funding for promotion measures will continue to contribute to the success story of the growth in exports of high quality EU agri-food products on the world market” The selected programmes, from 18 different Member States, cover a variety of product categories, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, quality products, organic products, olive oil, meat, as well as combination of different product categories. Some 17 of these programmes target the internal EU market and 24 target third countries. A press release is available here.
See here the full list of programmes and budgets adopted.
EUROSTAT: Provision of deficit and debt data for 2014 – first notification; Euro area and EU28 government deficit at 2.4% and 2.9% of GDP respectively; Government debt at 91.9% and 86.8%
In 2014, the government deficit of both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 decreased in absolute terms compared with 2013, while the government debt rose in both zones. In the euro area the government deficit to GDP ratio decreased from 2.9% in 2013 to 2.4% in 2014, and in the EU28 from 3.2% to 2.9%. In the euro area the government debt to GDP ratio increased from 90.9% at the end of 2013 to 91.9% at the end of 2014, and in the EU28 from 85.5% to 86.8%. Read EUROSTAT press release.
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