26 Jan 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 26 JANUARYBrussels Daily
EU agri-food exports picking up again
After a slight decrease in October 2015, EU agri-food exports in November 2015 picked up again and achieved a value of €10.9 billion, thus exceeding the value of previous years for the same month by about €500 million. EU agri-food exports to third countries increased by 5.7% in value compared to the same period one year ago. Exports to the USA, China – now second export destination thus replacing Russia-, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and South Korea particularly increased in the last 12 months. The highest increases in monthly export values were witnessed for vegetables and citrus fruit as well as for wheat and for live animals. On the other hand, monthly export values went down in particular for wine and for spirits. In November 2015 agri-food imports to the EU remained at €9.5 billion, the same level as in October 2015. Imports of tropical and other fruit, as well as cereals other than wheat, went up, while imports of oilcakes and citrus fruit went down. The trade balance for all EU agri-food products in November 2015 showed a surplus in exports of about €1.3 billion. More detailed statistics are available online.
Commission invests € 63.8 million in new environmental projects across Member States
The Commission announced today an investment of € 63.8 million for the first-ever “Integrated Projects” to be funded under the LIFE programme for the environment. “Integrated Projects” were introduced to implement environmental legislation on a wider scale and increase the impact of funding for plans developed on the regional, multi-regional or national level. The six projects selected have a total budget of € 108.7 million, including € 63.8 million of EU co-financing. They could leverage and coordinate over € 1 billion in complementary funding from EU agricultural and regional funds, as well as national and private funds. The money will support projects in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Finland, and the UK. EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said: “This is an example of Europe directly investing in citizens’ quality of life. To best tackle major environmental and health challenges such as air and water pollution or biodiversity loss, existing policies must be made to work towards the same goals. Integrated Projects deliver precisely that.” A press release and more information on the projects selected is available.
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