30 Mar 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 30 MARCHBrussels Daily
Commission report shows potential of Ecological Focus Areas on EU farms to improve biodiversity
Farmland set aside as ecological focus areas helps improve biodiversity and supports eco-systems services, according to a European Commission report on the first two years since the introduction of ecological focus areas (EFAs) as part of the last reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The report shows that EFAs, introduced in the rules governing direct payments to farmers in 2013, can contribute to addressing the impact of some farming practices on the environment by bringing potential positive effects for biodiversity and for soil, water and climate. According to the rules on EFAs, farmers with arable land above 15 hectares must ensure that at least 5% of this land is an ecological focus area. In 2015, 10% of the land under the obligation was declared as EFA, and data for 2016 shows very similar results. More information is available in a news item online.
EUROSTAT: 2015 GDP per capita in 276 EU regions
In 2015, regional GDP per capita, expressed in terms of purchasing power standards, ranged from slightly less than 30% of the European Union (EU) average in the Bulgarian region of Severozapaden, to 580% of the average in Inner London – West in the United Kingdom . More information here