International Sugar Journal

EU-India trade – European Parliament denies India concessions on sugar [Full subscriber]

The European Parliament plenary called for no EU concessions on sugar in the ongoing trade negotiations with India on 5th July 2022. This follows WTO’s ruling against India’s sugar subsidies after a formal complaint by Brazil, Australia, and Guatemala a few years ago.

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Sugar beet growers in Europe incentivised with high prices to maintain production [Full subscriber]

Several top sugar companies in France, UK and Germany have offered high prices for sugar beet to encourage them to stay in the sector and supply beet to their factories

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EU agrees to support green hydrogen sector with subsidies to boost output [Full subscriber]

The European Commission (EC) and 20 manufacturers have signed a Joint Declaration to ensure that enough electrolysers will be made in Europe to meet the EU’s goal of producing 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030.

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Canada lowers anti-subsidy tariffs on EU sugar following investigation [Registered]

The European Sugar Industry Confederation (CEFS) announced on 31st March that Canada’s Border Protection Agency (CBSA) concluded its investigation on 30th March into anti-subsidy duties on refined sugar from the EU and anti-dumping duties on refined sugar from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States

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Germany – WVZ lodges complaint with the EU against coupled payments for beet growers in some member states [Full subscriber]

The German sugar industry’s association Wirtschaftsvereinigung Zucker (WVZ), has lodged a complaint with the EU Commission against coupled payments for the cultivation of sugar beet enjoyed by growers in several countries in the EU.

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EU – Court dismisses Bayer’s appeal to lift ban on neonicotinoids [Full subscriber]

The European Union’s top court on May 6 upheld the EU’s partial ban on three neonicotinoid insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on sugar beet plus other crops.

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EU – Sugar users group CIUS opposes return to market intervention [Full subscriber]

CIUS, the committee of European Sugar Users placed its support behind the EU Commission and Council in arguing against returning “back to a more regulated sugar market as wished for by the European Parliament” in a recent press release.

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EU – 2020/21 sugar production falls by 11% to 14.5 million tonnes [Full subscriber]

Sugar production during the 2020/21 campaign fell by 11% to 14.5 million tonnes compared with the previous year, weighed down by the catastrophic decline (by 34%) in yield in France, the top producer in the bloc, according to the European Commission’s Observatory Sugar Market report.

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CEFS and EFFAT press EU to reject sugar and ethanol concessions in the EU-MERCOSUR agreement [Registered]

In a joint statement released on 8th February, The European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS) and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) are pressuring EU Commission to “reject the sugar and ethanol concessions provided for by the EU-MERCOSUR agreement.

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No tariffs nor quotas for sugar in the Brexit deal between EU and UK [Full subscriber]

European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom negotiators finally agreed on a deal on 24th December after Brexit. The Economic and Trade Partnership Agreement guarantees trade without tariffs or quotas for “all goods which comply with the appropriate rules of origin”. This includes sugar and several processed food products.

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