TTIP closer to fulfillment

| Foreign Markets |

As we have often mentioned on this blog, the European Union and the USA have been conducting negotiations about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. TTIP is aimed at the creation of the largest free trade zone in the world, which could help boost economic growth and create new jobs on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Gas, coal and ecology

| Production & Resources |

Which energy source is the most suitable for our economy and industry? Providing an answer to the question is far from easy, especially that the situation on the market is changing quickly and we are expecting changes resulting from the European Union climate and energy package.

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Food security of Poland

| Rynek polski |

Poland is relatively safe from the threat of losing food security. However, the situation could be improved further thanks to various measures. Most of them are connected with judicious agricultural policy.

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Shale gas – the need for a coordinated policy

| Production & Resources |

The UK is stepping up the pace of the search of new shale gas deposits. The state authorities are becoming more and more actively involved in the support of the shale investments. The British example may soon show whether subsidizing the commercial excavation of shale gas is profitable, and whether state aid helps to achieve independence from energy resources imported from overseas.

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Ambitious plans of Commissioner Phil Hogan

| Foreign Markets |

Reduction of bureaucratic procedures is one of the chief tasks for the European Union in the next few years’ time. Farmers, who benefit from the Common Agricultural Policy, are among those who feel the negative consequences of the excessive size of EU administration. The new Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has therefore promised changes for the better and the improvement of efficiency of the work of EU staff.

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Low prices of Polish cereals

| Polish Market |

The end of the year provides an opportunity to sum up the situation on the market of agricultural products. 2014 brought bumper harvest in agriculture. This is not good news for the market, though, as increased supply pushed the prices of cereals down to such an extent that their purchasing price does not cover the production cost.

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Serbian agriculture in need of aid

| Foreign Markets |

Serbia has been seeking the inclusion to the European Union since 2009. However, if the government in Belgrade is to undergo the accession procedure, a series of changes in the national legislation need to be introduced. Those include laws concerning agriculture.

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