EU to spend €186 million promoting agri-food products in 2024

Products to be promoted inside and outside of the EU
calendar icon 27 November 2023
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The European Commission will allocate €185.9 million in 2024 to fund promotion activities for sustainable and high-quality EU agri-food products at home and abroad, according to a recent news release from the Commission. The 2024 promotion policy work programme adopted by the Commission aims to develop new market opportunities, while taking into account the political priorities, analysis of projected exports to existing and emerging markets, as well as contributions from stakeholders.

Promotion campaigns about EU farm products should be designed to open up new market opportunities for EU farmers and the wider EU food industry, as well as to help them secure their existing business. In addition to increasing sustainable production and consumption of agricultural products, the promotion policy also supports the sustainable recovery of the EU agri-food sector in a challenging economic context.

The amounts available for campaigns selected in 2024 are split between promotion in the EU internal market and in third countries, with €81.3 million and €85.1 million respectively. Outside the EU, countries and regions with high growth potential are identified as main promotion targets. This includes China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and North America. The United Kingdom remains one of the main export markets for EU agri-food products, absorbing more than 20% of EU27 exports.

The European Commission co-funds up to 80% of the selected projects submitted by private operators and also runs its own communication campaigns in third countries. Such activities can include participation in agri-food trade fairs, organisation of business delegation to third countries and development of market entry handbooks for exporters.

The promotion campaigns selected in 2024 are expected to feature products from sustainable farming practices, that contribute to reducing dependency on pesticides and antimicrobials, minimising fertilisation and water pollution, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing organic farming and improving animal welfare. €62 million will be specifically allocated to such sustainably produced agri-food products, including €42 million for organic products. One of the expected results is to further increase the recognition of the EU organic logo by the European consumers and the consumption of organic products, in line with the EU action plan for organic production.

Another objective is to increase the awareness of EU's quality schemes and products registered as protected designation of origin (PDO), protected geographical indication (PGI) and traditional specialty guaranteed (TSG). More than 3,500 names of agri-food products and beverages are currently protected, guaranteeing consumers genuine products and preserving EU's cultural and culinary heritage.

The calls for proposals for the upcoming 2024 campaigns will open from 18 January to 14 May 2024. 

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