The European Commission is proposing significant cuts in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to make up for the imminent departure of Britain as a financial contributor.
EU countries have voted for a near-total ban on insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, in what campaigners called a "beacon of hope" for the winged insects.
The European Commission wants to equip small and medium-size food suppliers and companies with more bargaining power against big retailers and food processors.
The European Union says international donors have raised 456 million euros ($560 million) to build a desalination plant in the Gaza Strip to provide around 2 million people with safe drinking water
Negotiators from South American trade bloc Mercosur and the EU are due to resume sensitive talks after edging closer to a historic trade deal during the last round in Brussels.