The European Commission approved 22 projects today concerning community contribution for the promotion of agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries. The total budget of the projects, most of which will last three years, was 70 million Euros. The EU contributes 35 million.
The selected projects cover quality products, registered and protected as PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and TSG (Traditional Specialties Guaranteed); they are produced under national quality systems and mostly focus on wine, meat, organic products, milk and dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, ornamental plants, honey and bee products, beef, veal and pork, as well as quality poultry meat.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development–Dacian Cioloş–expressed his satisfaction for today’s decision by saying: “I think the promotion of EU agricultural products to European and other markets is a critical policy point, especially for quality products. This is behind our new policy initiative concerning the promotion of products that will be announced in the following weeks. For me it is clear that the increase in European exports of quality products can substantially contribute to the economic recovery of the EU. “This is the reason for my next weeks visit to Japan and South Korea; it is a part of a broader initiative to boost EU exports.”