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Understanding farmer income

11-04-2019

Farmer income is a key element in EU agricultural policy, aiming at ensuring a fair standard of living for the agricultural community and helping farmers face the risks inherent to their business. Measurement relies on two EU wide data sources. Understanding what agricultural receipts these data measure, and how, is key to evaluating farm policy in EU Member States and important in light of the proposed performance based policy framework.

Farmer income is a key element in EU agricultural policy, aiming at ensuring a fair standard of living for the agricultural community and helping farmers face the risks inherent to their business. Measurement relies on two EU wide data sources. Understanding what agricultural receipts these data measure, and how, is key to evaluating farm policy in EU Member States and important in light of the proposed performance based policy framework.

Fertilisants porteurs du marquage CE

20-03-2019

En mars 2016, la Commission européenne a présenté une proposition sur les fertilisants, qui élargirait le cadre de la législation existante, notamment pour inclure les engrais organiques et à base de déchets, et imposerait des limites de métaux lourds et de substances contaminantes dans les fertilisants. Lors de sa deuxième session plénière de mars, le Parlement européen doit voter sur l’accord atteint après les négociations en trilogue sur ce dossier.

En mars 2016, la Commission européenne a présenté une proposition sur les fertilisants, qui élargirait le cadre de la législation existante, notamment pour inclure les engrais organiques et à base de déchets, et imposerait des limites de métaux lourds et de substances contaminantes dans les fertilisants. Lors de sa deuxième session plénière de mars, le Parlement européen doit voter sur l’accord atteint après les négociations en trilogue sur ce dossier.

Policy Departments' Monthly Highlights - March 2019

11-03-2019

In this edition of the newsletter, Jean Arthuis and Ingeborg Grässle, Chairs of the BUDG and the CONT committees respectively, present the priorities of both committees and describe several examples of good joint efforts made in the course of the legislative term. Other issues dealt with in this edition include performance based budgeting, sustainable development, taxation, agriculture and cooperation with the Council. Forthcoming publications and events are also announced.

In this edition of the newsletter, Jean Arthuis and Ingeborg Grässle, Chairs of the BUDG and the CONT committees respectively, present the priorities of both committees and describe several examples of good joint efforts made in the course of the legislative term. Other issues dealt with in this edition include performance based budgeting, sustainable development, taxation, agriculture and cooperation with the Council. Forthcoming publications and events are also announced.

The EU fruit and vegetable sector: Main features, challenges and prospects

11-03-2019

Fruit and vegetables accounted for approximately 14 % of the total value of the EU's agricultural production in 2018. This is a fundamental sector for many EU Member States, especially those where it is particularly well developed, such as in the Mediterranean region and in some northern and eastern European countries. Moreover, all EU Member States produce at least a few types of fruit and vegetables. Apples and tomatoes are the main products of the richly diversified produce of the EU's fruit and ...

Fruit and vegetables accounted for approximately 14 % of the total value of the EU's agricultural production in 2018. This is a fundamental sector for many EU Member States, especially those where it is particularly well developed, such as in the Mediterranean region and in some northern and eastern European countries. Moreover, all EU Member States produce at least a few types of fruit and vegetables. Apples and tomatoes are the main products of the richly diversified produce of the EU's fruit and vegetable farms. Mostly small-sized with relatively high labour input, these farms earn incomes ranging from average (for fruit specialists) to very high (for horticulture specialists, including also flower and ornamental plant production). EU trade in fruit and vegetables is characterised by the predominance of internal over external flows, where the EU is traditionally a net importer. To strengthen the resilience of both the fruit and vegetable sector and its operators, and to boost the consumption of their produce, the EU has in place a comprehensive support system, especially through the regulatory framework for the common organisation of the markets in agricultural products. Rules on producer organisations and their operational programmes, crisis management and marketing standards, help the functioning of the sector, with additional support from the EU school fruit and vegetables scheme, as well as from the EU promotion and quality policies, income support and rural development measures, valid for all agricultural sectors. Recently passed EU legislation has already brought in important adjustments for the fruit and vegetable sector and no further major policy changes are currently anticipated. It will be its capacity to overcome its structural vulnerability and weak organisation, adopt innovation and respond to consumer needs that will shape its future.

Pratiques commerciales déloyales au sein de la chaîne d’approvisionnement alimentaire

06-03-2019

La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition de directive sur les pratiques commerciales déloyales, afin de renforcer la position des petits opérateurs (agriculteurs) dans la chaîne d’approvisionnement alimentaire. Le Parlement et le Conseil ont négocié et trouvé un accord sur cette proposition, qui devrait être votée en première lecture par le Parlement lors de la session plénière de mars I.

La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition de directive sur les pratiques commerciales déloyales, afin de renforcer la position des petits opérateurs (agriculteurs) dans la chaîne d’approvisionnement alimentaire. Le Parlement et le Conseil ont négocié et trouvé un accord sur cette proposition, qui devrait être votée en première lecture par le Parlement lors de la session plénière de mars I.

US duties on imports of Spanish ripe olives

06-03-2019

In January 2019, the European Union (EU) launched a case before the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States (US) challenging duties on imports of Spanish ripe olives, definitively in place since July 2018. US authorities have concluded that certain EU support measures for Spanish olive producers under the common agricultural policy (CAP) are contrary to WTO rules and can be countervailed. Given the importance of such support for EU farmers, the US measures could have far-reaching ...

In January 2019, the European Union (EU) launched a case before the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States (US) challenging duties on imports of Spanish ripe olives, definitively in place since July 2018. US authorities have concluded that certain EU support measures for Spanish olive producers under the common agricultural policy (CAP) are contrary to WTO rules and can be countervailed. Given the importance of such support for EU farmers, the US measures could have far-reaching consequences for the EU's agricultural model and set precedents in the WTO.

Understanding algorithmic decision-making: Opportunities and challenges

05-03-2019

The expected benefits of Algorithmic Decision Systems (ADS) may be offset by the variety of risks for individuals (discrimination, unfair practices, loss of autonomy, etc.), the economy (unfair practices, limited access to markets, etc.) and society as a whole (manipulation, threat to democracy, etc.). We present existing options to reduce the risks related to ADS and explain their limitations. We sketch some recommendations to overcome these limitations to be able to benefit from the tremendous ...

The expected benefits of Algorithmic Decision Systems (ADS) may be offset by the variety of risks for individuals (discrimination, unfair practices, loss of autonomy, etc.), the economy (unfair practices, limited access to markets, etc.) and society as a whole (manipulation, threat to democracy, etc.). We present existing options to reduce the risks related to ADS and explain their limitations. We sketch some recommendations to overcome these limitations to be able to benefit from the tremendous possibilities of ADS while limiting the risks related to their use. Beyond providing an up-to-date and systematic review of the situation, the report gives a precise definition of a number of key terms and an analysis of their differences. The main focus of the report is the technical aspects of ADS. However, other legal, ethical and social dimensions are considered to broaden the discussion.

Auteur externe

DG, EPRS

Farming without plant protection products

04-03-2019

Plant Protection Products (PPPs) are often perceived by consumers as very harmful for human health and for the environment. The tendency in the EU policy is to stimulate the reduction of PPPs. Can we maintain high yield with less PPPs? This paper presents the current state of the art regarding the role of PPPs in securing global food production, preserving biodiversity and supporting farmer’s income. The role of various stakeholders on the current perception of risk by the general public is given ...

Plant Protection Products (PPPs) are often perceived by consumers as very harmful for human health and for the environment. The tendency in the EU policy is to stimulate the reduction of PPPs. Can we maintain high yield with less PPPs? This paper presents the current state of the art regarding the role of PPPs in securing global food production, preserving biodiversity and supporting farmer’s income. The role of various stakeholders on the current perception of risk by the general public is given and promising alternative and more sustainable strategies to further reduce PPP use are commented.

Auteur externe

DG, EPRS

Special Reports of the European Court of Auditors - A Rolling Check-list of recent findings

28-02-2019

This rolling checklist presents an overview of the European Court of Auditors’ (ECA) special reports, concentrating on those relevant for the 2017 discharge procedure. It strives to link the research topics of the special reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including the working documents of the Committee on Budgetary Control, the work of the specialised parliamentary committees, plenary resolutions and individual questions by Members.

This rolling checklist presents an overview of the European Court of Auditors’ (ECA) special reports, concentrating on those relevant for the 2017 discharge procedure. It strives to link the research topics of the special reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including the working documents of the Committee on Budgetary Control, the work of the specialised parliamentary committees, plenary resolutions and individual questions by Members.

Les politiques de l’Union – Au service des citoyens: Agriculture

18-02-2019

La politique agricole commune (PAC) est l’une des plus anciennes politiques communes dans l’Union européenne. La part du budget de l’Union qui lui est consacrée, représentant environ 40 % de l’enveloppe totale, reflète son importance. La PAC a vu le jour à une époque où l’Europe était incapable de subvenir à la plupart de ses propres besoins alimentaires; il était alors nécessaire d’encourager les agriculteurs à produire des denrées alimentaires en garantissant les prix. La PAC a régulièrement fait ...

La politique agricole commune (PAC) est l’une des plus anciennes politiques communes dans l’Union européenne. La part du budget de l’Union qui lui est consacrée, représentant environ 40 % de l’enveloppe totale, reflète son importance. La PAC a vu le jour à une époque où l’Europe était incapable de subvenir à la plupart de ses propres besoins alimentaires; il était alors nécessaire d’encourager les agriculteurs à produire des denrées alimentaires en garantissant les prix. La PAC a régulièrement fait l’objet de réformes et elle a évolué au fil des ans. Ces réformes visaient à améliorer la compétitivité du secteur agricole, à promouvoir le développement rural et à relever de nouveaux défis, qu’ils soient environnementaux ou climatiques. Les données recueillies par une série d’enquêtes Eurobaromètre indiquent que les citoyens de l’Union ont une bonne connaissance de ce domaine d’action. Il est généralement admis que cette politique commune répond aux attentes des citoyens quant à la fourniture de denrées alimentaires saines de haute qualité et qu’elle contribue à la protection de l’environnement. Dans le domaine de l’agriculture, la huitième législature du Parlement européen a été axée sur l’avancement non seulement de la mise en œuvre de la dernière réforme de la PAC de 2013, mais aussi d’une série de réalisations non négligeables sur le plan législatif. Les domaines concernés comprennent, par exemple, la santé animale, la santé des plantes et le secteur biologique, ainsi que des mesures de simplification stratégiques, en vigueur depuis le 1er janvier 2018. Sur le plan non législatif, le Parlement remplit sa fonction de contrôle de manière rigoureuse. À l’avenir, le Parlement actuel devra encore résoudre un certain nombre de questions essentielles. Il s’agira entre autres de définir, en codécision avec le Conseil, les orientations futures de la PAC après 2020 et de négocier le prochain cadre financier pluriannuel (CFP), y compris la dotation budgétaire globale pour la prochaine PAC, et le cadre législatif associé.

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