Brussels Daily
23 Nov 2018


Brussels Daily


Commissioner Mimicain in Rome to discuss agricultural innovation to achieve the SDGs

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica is today in Rome to participate in a Conference organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). During this “International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers”, the Commissioner will emphasise how agricultural innovation and private investment can change lives in rural communities by creating jobs and growth – and get us closer to achieving the SDGs. The Commissioner will notably outline how, from a development perspective, the EU’s vision for innovation supports inclusive and sustainable transformation in rural areas, adapted to local conditions. In addition, he will highlight the “Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture” (DeSIRA) initiative, which is aimed at addressing climate change in the context of research and innovation. The Commission launched this initiative last year. The Commissioner will also emphasise how new innovative financial instruments launched by the Commission can help encourage sustainable private investment in agri-food systems as a further means of driving rural transformation. During his mission to Rome, the Commissioner will also sign three contracts at a joint ceremony with the three Rome-based agencies: the FAO, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. In a nutshell, they address: (i) the root causes of gender inequalities in rural areas and empowering women (€5 million); (ii) investment support to enable sustainable private investments in agri-food systems with a strong development impact (€4 million); and (iii) global food security governance for achieving the SDGs (€3 million)

Single Market: Commission welcomes agreement on proposal to facilitate free movement of products

The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement on the Regulation on the Mutual Recognition of Goods reached yesterday by the European Parliament and Council. The new rules proposed by the Commission in December 2017 will improve the way the mutual recognition principle works in practice and make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe. Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: “Just yesterdaywith our Communication on the Single Market, we called on the Parliament and Council to show political resolve and make progress on important proposals to strengthen the functioning of the Single Market. It is great news to see the co-legislators have now reached a provisional agreement on mutual recognition, which is one of thecornerstones of the Single Market. I hope further progress can me made swiftly on other Commission proposals still on the table.” The mutual recognition principle ensures that products not subject to EU-wide regulation can, in principle, move freely within the Single Market, if they are lawfully marketed in one Member State. However, this doesn’t always work as it should and companies often face barriers, delays and extra costs. Under the new Regulation, companies will be able to use a voluntary declaration to demonstrate that their products meet all the relevant requirements in their country, making it easier national authorities to assess if mutual recognition should apply. The rules also establish a new and faster problem resolution mechanism for disputes between companies and national authorities and improve training and collaboration among national authorities.

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