25 Oct 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 25 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
President Juncker chairs weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners in Strasbourg
Today the College is meeting in Strasbourg. First Vice-President Timmermans will present the 2017 Commission Work Programme, which the College is expected to adopt. Also on the agenda is the Commission’s Recommendation on temporary border controls in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. There will be two press conferences taking place in Strasbourg, at 16:30 with First Vice-President Timmermans on the 2017 Work Programme, and at 17:00 with Commissioner Avramopoulos on temporary border controls. Press material will be online and available at the start of the two press conferences which will be live streamed via EbS. The College will also discuss a number of initiatives to be presented on Wednesday: They will discuss the Commission’s proposal for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base, and two further proposals that aim to improve the current system for dispute resolution on double taxation in the EU and to bolster existing anti-abuse rules. Taken together, these measures will create a simple and pro-business tax environment. The College will also endorse the Space Strategy for Europe, which ensures that EU space programmes put the focus on improving our daily lives and boosting Europe’s competitiveness.
EUROSTAT: Organic farming- Organic crop area on the rise in the EU- Two million hectares more since 2010
With more than 11 million hectares of certified area or area under conversion in 2015, organic farming made up 6.2% of the European Union’s (EU) total utilised agricultural area (UAA). Since 2010, the area devoted to organic farming has grown by almost two million hectares. Similarly, an upward trend can be observed for the number of registered organic producers. At the end of 2015, 271 500 organic agricultural producers were registered in the EU, an increase of 5.4% compared with 2014. Full text available on EUROSTAT website
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