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20.07.12 | News

Food: Latest Report shows EU Controls ensure our food is safe

A European Commission report published today shows that thanks to the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) many food safety risks have been averted or mitigated and safety controls ensure our food is safe. RASFF plays a key role in ensuring safety from "farm to fork", by triggering a rapid reaction when a food safety risk is detected. All members of the RASFF system are swiftly...

20.07.12 | News

SFA is accepting projects under Measure 121

The application period under Measure 121: Modernisation of agricultural holdings is from July 30th to August 24th. The total budget for this period is 215 383 016 euro, which includes 141 669 548 euro that were additionally transferred to the measure because of farmers’ big interest in it. Candidates can submit projects for several investment categories with guaranteed budgets. The...

17.07.12 | News

Minister Naydenov insists co-financing from the EU to combat animal diseases be increased by 20%

The minister of Agriculture and Food Dr. Miroslav Naydenov urged the funding from the European Union for emergency measures, applied to animal diseases from member states that are external borders, to be increased from 50% to 70% when the disease spreads from third countries. He also insisted on funding the spending to combat the foot-and-mouth disease in particular to increase to 80% instead...

17.07.12 | News

Cioloş: Proposed reform of the CAP could have positive impact for the environment

Environmental organisations that fear the European Parliament and national governments are weakening agricultural reforms have found unwavering support from the EU's farm chief Dacian Cioloş. The conservationists appear to have support in the EU executive, where Cioloş said his proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could have positive economic impact now as well as for the...

17.07.12 | News

Bulgaria is to participate in the quota for imports of cheese in the US

As a result of negotiations conducted between the United States and the European Union, within the limits of the World Trade Organization, an agreement was reached that Bulgaria and Romania will become part of the import quota of European cheese in the USA. This quota allows the imports of cheese under the code 0406 of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of the USA at a reduced import duty. For...

16.07.12 | News

Transitional measures in place ahead of the CAP reform

The Council of European union adopted a set of amendments to Regulation 73/2009 concerning the application of direct payments to farmers in the year 2013 following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament. This regulation (the "2013" regulation) is one of two transitional regulations to be adopted this year ahead of the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform which is...

10.07.12 | News

New Website and Deadline for the video/photo competition “RE:TURN TO THE FUTURE – AGRICULTURE”

The information campaign “CAP:re:turn to the future” is pleased to announce a video/photo competition “RE:TURN TO THE FUTURE – AGRICULTURE” to celebrate this European policy’s 50th anniversary. Photographers and video artists from four countries – Bulgaria, Portugal, Estonia and Malta, are going to have the chance to illustrate rural beauty in their...

04.07.12 | News

MEP Mariya Gabriel: We need to consider the interests of the individual farmer as well as those of the whole EU

The European Commission needs to be more ambitious in its actions. The report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 as regards the application of direct payments to farmers in respect of the year 2013, on which the Bulgarian MEP Mariya Gabriel is a rapporteur for EPP, was discussed during the plenary...

04.07.12 | News

The European Court of Auditors urges stronger enforcement of organic foods

Consumers who are willing to pay extra for organic fruits, vegetables and other goods may not always get what they are hoped for due to lax oversight in some EU countries. That is the conclusion of the European Court of Auditors, which found that not all goods labelled ‘organic’ actually comply with strict rules on how they were grown or handled, reported EurActiv. In some...

29.06.12 | News

Fund "Agriculture" approved a 2.5 million leva to be used for ethnographic exhibitions, tourist centers and trails

Investments are under Measure 313: Encouragement of tourism activities, part of the Programme for Development of Agricultural Regions. Four projects are going to be for establishing centers for exhibition of ethnographic heritage and the natural pride of municipalities Smyadovo, Alfatar, Nedelino, and Nevestino. The funds will secure traditional national-style costumes, 3-4 minute films...

28.06.12 | News

EU organic logo fully up and running from 1 July 2012

The two-year transition period for the organic food sector to comply with new EU labelling rules is reaching its end. As from 1 July 2012, the EU organic logo will be obligatory on all pre-packaged organic food products produced in EU Member States which meet the necessary standards. The logo will stay optional for non-packed and imported organic products. Other private, regional or national...

27.06.12 | News

Closing of international conference „CAP: Past and Future”

The Common Agricultural Policy is among the strongest EU policies by virtue of its impact not only on the farming community, but also on all citizens of the European Union”, stated Mrs. Svetlana Boyanova, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food, at international conference „CAP: Past and Future”. The event took place on 26th-27th June 2012 in Sofia under the patronage of Mr....

International conference CAP: PAST AND FUTURE June 26-27, Sofia

Start date: 26.06.12

End date: 27.06.12

Under the patronage of  Miroslav Naydenov,  Minister of Agriculture and Food
Special keynote address from Maria Nedelcheva, MEP, Committee for Agriculture of EP 

The two-day International conference "CAP: Past and Future" was held under the patronage of the Bulgarian minister of agriculture and food Miroslav Naydenov. Representatives of ministries and a variety of organizations from Bulgaria, Portugal, Estonia and Malta participated in the conference. The official guests were Mihail DUMITRU, Director, Directorate E “RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES I”, Directorate-General “Agriculture and Rural Development” of the European Commission, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Svetlana Boyanova,  Mr. Toomas Cook - Ambassador of Estonia to the Republic Bulgaria and Violeta Stanicic, head of the Information office of the European Parliament in Bulgaria. In a special video address Ms Mariya Nedelcheva, MEP, welcomed the conference participants and organizers.

Materials from the conference

22.06.12 | News

Better treatment of animals

At the meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, ministers adopted conclusions on the protection and welfare of animals. This is in line with Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which states that, animals being sentient beings, the EU and the member states must pay full regard to their protection. Ministers agreed that future work on the welfare of...

12.06.12 | News

Estonia: More than 14 percent of the farmland is organic

For the fourth time, the brochure "Organic Farming in Estonia" has been published. It informs about the latest facts and figures about organic farming in the country. According to this publication, 14 percent of the agricultural land is now organic (data per end of 2011). In Estonia, organic land has expanded more than ten-fold since 2000, but processing and marketing has not kept up...
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