Brussels Daily
30 Nov 2015


Brussels Daily


EU Agricultural Outlook conference, 1-2 December

About four hundred stakeholders will take part in the two-day high-level ‘EU Agricultural Outlook’ conference, taking place in Brussels on 1-2 December. The conference will focus on the state of agriculture, and the global issues which lie ahead. The participants represent EU institutions, national governments and international organisations, those involved in the food chain, the socio-professional sector, market experts, academics and think tanks, and the broader civil society. On day one of the conference, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and US Secretary for Agriculture Tom Vilsack will discuss the challenges facing the farm sector. In addition, high-level paneldiscussions will take place. The functioning of the food supply chain will be at the center of the debates. The conferencewill also highlight the challenge for agriculture to provide food in an environmentally sustainable way while adapting to / mitigating the effects of climate change. On the second day, the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission will present its latest projections on the outlook for EU dairy, meat and arable crop markets for the next ten years. The conference may be followed live on web-streaming here (on 1 December) and here (on 2 December). The programme, the outcomes and speakers’ presentations from the event will be available here.

EUROSTAT: R&D expenditure in the EU stable at slightly over 2% of GDP in 2014

In 2014, the Member States of the European Union (EU) spent all together around €283 billion on Research & Development (R&D). The R&D intensity, i.e. R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP, stood at 2.03% in 2014, the same as in 2013. Ten years ago (2004), R&D intensity was 1.76%. With respect to other major economies, R&D intensity in the EU was much lower than in South Korea (4.15% in 2013) and Japan (3.47% in 2013) and lower than in the United States (2.81% in 2012), while it was about the same level as in China (2.08% in 2013) and higher than in Russia (1.15%). In order to provide a stimulus to the EU’s competitiveness, anincrease by 2020 of the R&D intensity to 3% in the EU is one of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 strategy. The business enterprise sector continues to be the main sector in which R&D expenditure was spent, accounting for 64% of total R&D conducted in 2014, followed by the higher education sector (23%), the government sector (12%) and the private non-profit sector (1%).This information on Research and Development in the EU is published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. R&D is a major driver of innovation, and R&D expenditure and intensity are two of the key indicators used to monitor resources devoted to science and technology worldwide. A Eurostat press release can be found here.


Consolidating peace and deepening reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border region of Ireland

Today the Commission adopted the new EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE IV) worth almost €270 million, with €229 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund. PEACE IV is a unique Cohesion Policy programme aiming to reinforce a peaceful and stable society by fostering reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “The PEACE programme is at the very core of what the European Union is about. It is a concrete example of the Union’s longstanding commitment to peace and reconciliation. This new programme will help support the consolidation of peace within the region and tackle remaining challenges, through investments in education, shared services and projects that will bring people together.” A press release is available here. More information on Regional Policy is available online.



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  • State aid: Commission adapts notification procedures following State aid modernisation package 
  • European Commission welcomes the successful ratification of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Single Resolution Mechanism
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