Agriculture: Cornerstone of European Economic Reforms

EuEastern Partnership: EU support for agriculture could become cornerstone of economic reforms, Commissioner says

Support for agriculture could become a cornerstone of economic reforms in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, on which stronger economic and trade relations with the EU could be built, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Štefan Füle has told the EaP Ministerial Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in the Moldovan capital Chisinau.
Addressing the first EaP ministerial meeting after the Vilnius summit last November, Füle touched upon the political framing of the Partnership, and its agriculture and rural development component.
The Eastern Partnership supports deep political, structural and economic reforms that are needed for achieving stability and prosperity in the Neighborhood, Füle underlined.
The more ambitious partner countries are in the run-up to signing far-reaching Association Agreements” and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Agreements with the EU sometime this year, the Commissioner went on to say, which present an important challenge for them to adopt and fully apply a broad range of EU standards and rules.
In particular, he cited the need to gradually align food safety, veterinary and plant protection standards to EU norms. These and other challenges will require sustained political commitment, which will be rewarded by concrete economic benefits, the Commissioner stressed.
The EU has made available considerable assistance to put these Agreements in place, Füle said,including a broad set of programs, ranging from specific technical assistance to very large sector programs to support in-depth reforms in the areas of agriculture, rural development or food safety.
Source: ENPO Info

Agriculture in the Commission’s climate policy to 2030

eu_framework_2030Yesterday, the European Commission published its proposed policy framework for climate and energy policy to 2030. It proposes two high-level goals while retreating from setting more specific targets for individual sectors and technologies. The over-arching goal is a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for domestic EU emissions of 40% in 2030 relative to emissions in 1990. The proposal met with a mixed reaction and must still go through the legislative process in both the Parliament and the Council.

The Commission’s assessment is that the policies and measures implemented and envisaged by member states in relation to their current obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, if continued after 2020 and fully effective, would deliver a 32% reduction relative to emissions in 1990. Therefore, it sees the 40% target as achievable with some additional effort. If a more ambitious target emerged from international negotiations, the Commission proposes that this additional effort could be balanced by allowing access to international credits.  Read the entire article >>

Source: | by: Alan Matthews