Fri. Dec 8th, 2023



EU Commission approves new Geographical Indication from Türkiye

‘Ayaş Domatesi’ is a thin-skinned and very juicy tomato grown from seeds and seedlings of the local ecotype in the Ayaş district of Ankara province. It is large and fleshy, its skin has a dull pink-red colour and there are slight ridges on the outer surface of the tomato. When the fruit is split in two, a white patch can be seen on the flesh. Due to its high acidity,

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42 more EU-Japan geographic indications secured

In the framework of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, both parties will protect as from today an additional 42 geographical indications (GIs), such as Raclette de Savoie, Vinagre de Jerez for the EU and sanuki shiro miso (miso paste), or Osaka wine for Japan. This is the third time that the list of geographical indications protected in Japan and in the EU is extended, following the additions of 56 GIs in

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tractor, slurry, slurry tanker

Insight EU Environment Monitoring 20 September 2023

UNGA78: Accelerating climate action and biodiversity protection +++ High-level panel at the Nordic launch event: Towards Ending Plastic Pollution by 2040 +++ Digital Labelling of Fertilising Products +++ Draft report on Urban Wastewater Treatment +++ EU sold production of chemicals hit a decade high in 2022 +++ ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee: banning secondary uses of creosote-treated wood necessary.

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Insight EU Environment Monitoring 18 September 2023

EEA Environmental Statement Report 2022 +++ Statement by President von der Leyen at the 2023 Sustainable Development Goals Summit +++ Sustainability-related disclosure in the financial services sector +++ Eine neue Innovationskultur für Nachhaltigkeit fördern +++ Fünfte Weltchemikalienkonferenz vom 25.-29. September 2023 in Bonn +++ Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 18 September 2023.

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Main results of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 18 September 2023

FISHERIES: Ministers exchanged views on the management of shared fishing stocks with the United Kingdom for 2024, which are the subject to annual bilateral negotiations. AGRICULTURE: EU agriculture ministers publicly discussed the agricultural aspects of the proposed directive on soil monitoring and resilience, based on information provided by the Commission. During a public session, the Spanish presidency invited ministers to hold a debate on the long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas. Ministers discussed the challenges

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Agriculture: EU Commission approves a new GI from Hungary – ‘Sárréti kökénypálinka’

The Commission approved the addition of ‘Sárréti kökénypálinka’as Geographical Indication (GI) from Hungary. ‘Sárréti kökénypálinka’ is a fruit spirits with a minimum alcoholic strength of 38,5% V/V and a volatile substance content of at least 250 g/hl of 100% vol. alcohol. It is a pálinka with a rich volatile substance content and an aroma reminiscent of sloe flower. ‘Sárréti kökénypálinka’ is full-bodied, with notes of almond and marzipan, and is slightly sweet, which gives this spirit

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Statement by EU Commission President von der Leyen with Greek PM Mitsotakis

“Europe stands at the side of the Greek people. And I want Greece and the Greek people to know that we are with them. Our Union is a Union of solidarity. It was therefore very important for us to be able to meet here today – Kyriakos, many thanks for coming – and to discuss this solidarity together with your Ministers and our Commissioners. We spoke about the best ways

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Agriculture: EU Commission approves ‘Milas Yağlı Zeytini’ from Türkiye as new PDO 

‘Milas Yağlı Zeytini’ protected designation of origin covers table olives of the Memecik variety grown in Milas province, fermented in brine and preserved with olive oil obtained from Memecik variety olives and fresh lemon slices. ‘Milas Yağlı Zeytini’ olives are fully ripened, black/purple coloured, whole and split vertically. The specificity of the product is closely linked to the climatic conditions of the region and to the local knowhow. The production

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starfish, sand, sea star

Insight EU Environment Monitoring 5 September 2023

SDGs: The EU ministers underline the importance of the social transition alongside the green and digital transitions in line with the 2030 Agenda +++ AGRICULTURE: EU ministers discuss how to apply new technologies for a more sustainable agriculture +++ COAST PROTECTION: Coasts and sea life facing major threat due to massive sand removal – UN +++ SUBSTANCES OF HUMAN ORIGIN: Standards of quality and safety for substances of human origin intended

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boat, nature, fishing

Insight EU Environment Monitoring 28 August 2023

EU Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2024 in the Baltic Sea +++ EP Think Tank: Understanding the EU’s response to illicit drugs +++ Highlights of the agenda of the informal ministerial meeting on agriculture +++ Press remarks by President Charles Michel after visiting the area impacted by floods in Slovenia +++ EFSA Guidance document on the impact of water treatment processes on residues of active substances or their metabolites in

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Agriculture: EU agri-food trade rebounds in May 2023

After the EU agri-food trade slowed down in April, it bounced back with an increase of both imports and exports in May. The higher increase in exports compared to imports allowed the EU agri-food surplus to increase by 2% month-on-month in May, reaching €5.2 billion. These are the main findings of the latest monthly agri-food trade report published today by the European Commission.

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Finland: EU Commission approves €350m to promote sustainable forest management

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €350 million Finnish scheme to support sustainable forest management. The aim of the scheme is to help private forest owners implement economically, ecologically and socially sustainable forest management and use techniques to (i) promote the growth of forests, (ii) adapt forests to climate change, (iii) protect biodiversity, (iv) promote water protection in forestry, and (v) maintain the forestry road network.

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Bulgaria: EU Commission approves the new PDO – ‘Българско бяло саламурено сирене / Bulgarsko byalo salamureno sirene’

‘Българско бяло саламурено сирене / Bulgarsko byalo salamureno sirene’ is a fermented milk product made from whole cow’s, sheep’s, goat’s, buffalo’s or mixed milk with the addition of starter cultures containing Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis and Lactobacillus casei, as well as symbiotic starters from the bacteria Lactoba-cillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, obtained by curdling with yeast for cheese, that has undergone necessary treatment, matured in brine and is

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wheat, field, sunset

Insight EU Environment Monitoring 27 July 2023

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE: A robust set of measures to boost sustainable investments for the transition. +++ The green transition: Sustainability disclosures in the financial services sector – what’s next? +++ GLOBAL FOOD SUMMIT: Deputy Secretary-General’s Closing Remarks and Introduction of the SG’s Call to Action: Food Systems Summit +++ Speech of Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski on 27 July 2023 +++ EU HEALTH UNION: Digitalisation, mental health and open strategic autonomy, key issues at

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EU agri-food exports back at their April 2022 level amid curtailed trade

After the record high exports in March 2023, the EU agri-food trade slowed down in April 2023. Overall, EU exports remained at €17.8 billion in April 2023 due to higher exports prices, while EU imports were at €13 billion resulting in an agri-food surplus of +€4.8 billion. These are the main findings of the latest monthly agri-food trade report published today by the European Commission.

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Main results: Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 25 July 2023

EU agriculture ministers discussed the situation of agricultural markets and took note of information provided by the Commission. In this regard, the Commission informed that the coordination platform with Ukraine, Moldova and the five frontline member states, continues to work on solutions to facilitate Ukraine’s exports, obtaining positive results to date. The Council further took note of member states’ assessment of the market situation, considering their 2023 harvest estimates, the

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Bulgaria: EU Commission approves a new geographical indication – ‘Bulgarsko kiselo mlуako’

‘Българско кисело мляко / Bulgarsko kiselo mlyako’ is a soured milk product made from raw milk obtained from sheep, cows, buffalos, goats or a mixture thereof produced in Bulgaria, and a symbiotic starter from the bacteria Lactobacillicus delbrueckii ssp.bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus not subjected to genetic modification. It is characterised by a specific fresh, lactic acid flavour and aroma, which is due to 34 types of aromatic substances (acetaldehyde, acetone, ethanol, diacetyl, acetoin, etc.)

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EU Commission gathers views on how to make the agri-food industrial ecosystem more resilient

The Commission published an analysis of the existing EU policies supporting the agri-food sector to become greener, more digital and resilient.  With it, the Commission is launching a public consultation inviting interested parties to propose actions to accelerate the twin transition of the sector. The consultation is open to the whole industrial value chain, as well as public authorities, social partners, research organizations and others.

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