Today the European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for all.
The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research – while ensuring social fairness for a just transition. More information here
€444 million to be reimbursed to European farmers
The European Commission will reimburse €444 million to European farmers originally deducted from direct payments for 2018 under the common agricultural policy (CAP) to create this year’s so-called agricultural crisis reserve. The amounts concerned will be reimbursed to farmers as of 1 December 2018. Even though the agricultural sector faced critical situations this year, such as extreme weather during the summer, it has not been necessary to unblock the crisis reserve in 2018 to provide adequate support to European farmers. Additional support measures taken to deal with the difficult market situation for certain sectors financed from the available CAP budget. The damages caused by adverse weather conditions during this spring and summer have been addressed by other measures available to help farmers overcome the consequences. This includes derogations from certain conditions related to greening payments and higher advanced payments for 2019. More information is online
COLLEGE MEETING: European Citizens’ Initiative: European Commission declares as inadmissible request for EU referendum on the United Kingdom remaining or leaving
The European Commission has today decided not to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘EU wide referendum whether the European Citizens want the United Kingdom to remain or to leave!’. The Commission found that that the conditions for registration of this initiative were not met as the matter falls outside of the EU’s field of competence. The initiative states that: “All European Citizens should have the possibility to express their political opinion, whether they wish the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union.“ The organisers call on the European Commission to “support this public opinion poll giving all European Citizens in all 28 member states, the possibility to express their wish whether the Brexit should happen or not.” Article 50(1) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) explicitly allows any Member State to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. While the European Commission regrets the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, it respects the outcome of the referendum. The full press release is available online
Commission welcomes provisional political agreement on a multi-annual fisheries management plan for the Western Waters
The European Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on a multi-annual plan for fisheries in the Western Waters. The plan covers fisheries from the North and West of Scotland over the Gulf of Cadiz down to Madeira in the South. The agreement is based on the Commission’s proposal from March 2018 and will help restore and maintain stocks at sustainable levels, while ensuring social and economic viability for the fishermen operating in the region. Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella stated: “I am very pleased with today’s political agreement as it signals the EU’s determination to protect the future of our fisheries in the Western Waters on the long term. We have already seen an increasing number of stocks being fished sustainably in this sea basin. This has translated into higher income for the fishing industry and the local communities. With this multi-annual plan, we continue towards our goal to reach sustainable fisheries for all stocks, with solutions that are adapted to the specific needs of the fishermen in the Western Waters.” The plan concerns the fleets of Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and the UK in this part of the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent waters. Thanks to joint EU efforts over recent years, many of the fish stocks in Western Waters are already being fished sustainably. For these stocks, the multi-annual plan will enable Member State groups to recommend measures tailored to their particular fisheries. This will ensure both economic growth and continued sustainability. For other stocks, the plan will support recovery efforts to ensure that they are fished sustainably in the coming years. More information is online.
Commission welcomes agreement on new rules for spirit drinks
The negotiators of the Council and the European Parliament with the presence of the European Commission reached yesterday a political agreement on the new rules for the production and labelling of spirit drinks and for the registration and protection of spirit drinks registered as geographical indications (GI). Attending the conclusive negotiation meeting, Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan said: “We welcome the successful conclusion to today’s trilogue and the agreement reached on the new Spirit Drinks Regulation. I am confident that the new Spirit Drink Regulation, resulting from today’s negotiations, will provide for a legislative framework that meets the needs of the sector and will continue to support its continuing and substantial growth. The modernised rules will also ensure that consumers are accurately informed on the methods used to produce spirit drinks.” Today’s agreement means that a clearer labelling of spirit drinks will be guaranteed across the EU and that their composition will be harmonised at EU level. The creation of a register of Member States’ control authorities will also facilitate the work of the national enforcement forces to make sure that consumers get the genuine products. Terms of spirit drinks registered as GIs such as Cognac, Irish Cream, Genever or Ouzo will also be better protected against misuse as ingredients and against the registration of similar trademarks. More information is online
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