Additional €169 million to promote EU agricultural productsStaff Writer | January 12, 2018
The European Commission (EC) has launched the calls for proposals for programmes to promote European agricultural products throughout the world and within the EU.
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Two thirds of the available funding is earmarked for promoting EU food products in non-EU countries, in particular those with which there is a large potential for increasing EU agri-food exports such as Canada, Japan, China, Mexico and Colombia.
For programmes within the EU, the focus should be on informing consumers about the various EU quality schemes and labels such as geographical indications or organic products.
Sectorial funding will go towards programmes that promote sustainable breeding including for sheep and goats. Funding has also been set aside for campaigns designed to promote healthy eating and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
A full list of the Commission's priorities and funding available can be found here.
Who can apply? A wide range of organisations, such as trade organisations, producer organisations and agri-food bodies responsible for promotion activities are eligible to apply for funding through the call for proposals launched today.
So called ‘simple' programmes can be submitted by one or more organisations from the same EU country; the ‘multi' programmes can be submitted by at least two national organisations from at least two member states, or by one or more European organisations.
The ensuing campaigns usually roll over three years. ■