Another record for EU agri-food exports for July 2019

A 12.6% increase compared to last year, EU agri-food exports reached €13.07 billion for July 2019, another monthly record. Imports also increased to €9.92 billion, resulting in a 40% rise of the positive trade balance compared to July 2018, reaching €3.15 billion. These are among the main findings of the monthly trade report published today by the European Commission.

Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme

With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.

The EU school scheme aims at promoting healthy eating and balanced diets through the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk products while also proposing educational programmes on agriculture and good nutrition.

The absinthe of Pontarlier becomes geographical indication

The absinthe of Pontarlier has obtained the geographical indication label for spirits, rewarding a know-how of two centuries for this alcohol of the east of France, announced Monday the European Commission.

The new name will join the 238 geographical indications of spirit drinks already registered at the level of the European Union.

The Commission stresses that many texts evoke "the elixir of absinthe in the Pontarlier region" as early as the 18th century.

World's largest urban rooftop farm to open in Paris

It’s a warm afternoon in late spring and before us rows of strawberry plants rustle in the breeze as the scent of fragrant herbs wafts across the air. Nearby, a bee buzzes lazily past. Contrary to appearances, however, we are not in an idyllic corner of the countryside but standing on the top of a six-storey building in the heart of the French capital.

About the European Natura 2000 Award

What is the European Natura 2000 Award?
This pan-European Award recognises excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and conservation achievements, showcasing the added value of the network for local economies, and increasing public awareness about Europe's valuable natural heritage.

The Natura 2000 network covers an enormous variety of different sites across the continent. It preserves and enhances Europe’s biodiversity, safeguarding it for future generations, and it provides a range of important benefits, helping nature to help us.

European agriculture should develop towards agroecology

The EU needs to put greater emphasis on short supply chains and agroecology in farming in order to preserve its agriculture and make it more resilient to new challenges, such as climate change. Agroecology is also a way to secure our food supply, make our food healthier and as such raise its value. Short supply chains will help smaller farms to increase their income and enliven rural areas.