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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to assess a number of emergency authorisations granted by the EU Member States for the use of neonicotinoids in sugar beet in 2020.
Ethanol production in the EU 27 + UK from agricultural feedstocks amounted to 6.35 billion litres in 2019, representing a small decrease of 1% from the previous year, according to the European Commission.
The EU is going to place a 25% tariff on cane molasses imports from the USA. This move is part of a measure authorized last month by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to the US’s $7.5 billion sanctions on European products last year, that was incidentally also sanctioned by the WTO.
The French government has renewed for one year the state aid to La Réunion and Guadeloupe’s sugarcane-sugar sector to the sum of €38 million to compensate for the end of sugar production quotas in Oct 2017, according to the recent announcement by the Ministries of Agriculture and Overseas.
The European Union (EU) has funded around €29 million for the revival of the Ivorian sugar sector, according to the representative of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bernard Kouassi.