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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy?

What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
What has COVID-19 changed for the EU's Farm to Fork Strategy? Nothing apart from underlining the urgency of transforming our food systems, write Nick Jacobs, Celia Nyssens and Nikolai Pushkarev.
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Albania and the Western Balkans enlargement process – The need for reciprocity

Albania and the Western Balkans enlargement process – The need for reciprocity | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Since the Brexit referendum, The EU has launched numerous new initiatives in order to regain momentum and show decisiveness.
Amongst other moves, on February 2018, the Commission published the Western Balkans Enlargement Package, which tried to break the so-called ‘enlargement fatigue’.

In order to reflect its commitment towards a ‘greater than 27’ EU, this document gave a date (2025) for the possible accession of Serbia and Montenegro and outlined achievable goals for the countries in order to meet this timeframe.

All the countries in the Western Balkans have made sustainable progress regarding reforms towards the key priorities set for them. Taking the example of Albania, there has been steady progress in all priorities. The 2018 Report for Albania showed substantial developments in reforms of the public administration. The efficiency and transparency of public services (and of recruitment processes) has increased notably. The justice system has progressed as well, with the vetting process reaching results that ultimately serve the justice reforms. Developments on the latter have consequently had an effect in other areas, such as the fight against corruption.The country pays a lot of attention to international cooperation including in agriculture and rural development, which consequently shows in their role in regional efforts. 

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Calling for soil analysis services in the EU

Calling for soil analysis services in the EU | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

European Commission, 5 June 2018.

To measure soil properties and biodiversity across Europe, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is currently conducting a large soil survey, with soil samples collected from 26 000 locations.

To support this ongoing work, the JRC has launched a call for tenders for soil analysis services. The submission deadline is the 2nd of July 2018.

The soil sampling is done within the framework of a European-wide survey entitled LUCAS (Land Use/Land Cover Area Frame Survey). LUCAS SOIL is the first ever pan-European assessment of soil biodiversity and one of the largest continental assessments of soil life at global scale. It represents a unique opportunity to develop baseline maps of soil biodiversity at European scale.

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EU agricultural outlook: continuous growth of cereal production expected (European Commission)

EU agricultural outlook: continuous growth of cereal production expected (European Commission) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Published on 18 December 2017, the EU agricultural outlook report presents predictions for the EU agricultural markets and income for 2017 – 2030.

EU cereal production is expected to grow further to
341 million t by 2030, driven by feed demand, good export
prospects (in particular for wheat) and increasing use of cereals in industry. However, stronger growth will be held back by the limited potential for expanding the areas under cultivation and by slower yield growth in the EU than in other
regions of the world. Cereals stocks are expected to stabilise below historical levels, in particular for wheat and barley.

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Please download the full report here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/eu-agricultural-outlook-european-sugar-exports-double-continuous-growth-cereal-production-expected_en?_scpsug=bookmarked,1506054#_scpsug=bookmarked,1506054.

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Focus on Cereals/Grain in Spain

Focus on Cereals/Grain in Spain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

by World Grain, 25/09/2018

Spain, with a structural deficit in grains, is Europe’s biggest grain importer, with purchases mainly driven by a large livestock sector. A Member State of the European Union, the country is unique in the E.U. for large-scale adoption of genetically modified crops, with Bt maize grown on a relatively large scale. The International Grains Council (IGC) now forecasts Spain’s total 2018-19 grains production at 21.7 million tonnes, up from 15.8 million in 2017-18. Wheat production is forecast at 7.2 million tonnes, up from 4.9 million the year before. Maize production is expected to rise to 4.4 million tonnes from 3.7 million in 2017-18. Barley output is seen unchanged at 1.6 million tonnes. In 2017-18, regular rainfall sustained high productivity in Spain, in contrast with France, which had lost yield because of excessive rainfall. 

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European barley harvest kicks off with mixed expectations

European barley harvest kicks off with mixed expectations | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

6/21/2018, PARIS, June 21 (Reuters)

The winter barley harvest has started in the European Union, with lower production expected from northern regions due to hot and dry weather but a better outlook elsewhere, analysts said.

In France, the EU's largest barley producer, the winter crop
was expected to be in line with the average, while Germany,
whose output is generally close to the French one, would record
a significant drop this year.

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JRC to continue key role in maximising research and innovation impact

JRC to continue key role in maximising research and innovation impact | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

from European Commission, 7th of June 2018.

The European Commission today proposes 'Horizon Europe', an ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme for the next long-term EU budget running from 2021-2027.

The proposal is launched as the JRC releases its Annual Report for 2017, looking back on the activities and accomplishments of the JRC during its 60th year of existence.

Horizon Europe funding will ensure the JRC continues its role as the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, carrying out research and providing independent scientific advice to EU and national policymakers.

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Warm weather helps EU maize planting but raises yield risk (Reuters)

Warm weather helps EU maize planting but raises yield risk (Reuters) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Gus Trompiz and Michael Hogan, May 18 (Reuters)

Warm, dry weather in the past month has helped European farmers catch up on maize planting but crops could start to suffer unless regular rain returns, analysts said.

Planting of maize (corn) is winding down in the European
Union, including in top producer France where 86 percent of the
expected area had been sown by May 14, farming agency
FranceAgriMer said on Friday. The only question mark is about the delay in planting...

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