Baltic states together with Finland wrote a letter to the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Cioloș encouraging the Commission to declare the Baltic States and Finland as an area where specific measures are needed to compensate farmers’ exceptional losses.
The Commission has today confirmed its intention to provide an additional €30 million of EU funding for CAP promotion programmes starting in 2015, on top of the €60 million that is foreseen annually in the CAP budget. As these schemes are co-funded, this change is likely to mean an additional 60 million EURO for promotion measures. Aimed at alleviating the impact of the Russian measures against certain EU agricultural products, this additional effort will start with the promotion programmes that need to be submitted by the end of September.
Following Russia’s recent import ban on certain agriculture and food products from EU countries, the agricultural organisations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania would like to express their concerns about the serious consequences these sanctions will have on the agriculture and food production sectors of the Baltic States.
Reacting to the EU Commission move to introduce measures to alleviate pressure on the EU dairy sector as a result of the Russian ban on farm exports, Copa-Cogeca said it is a step in the right direction but further measures are crucial.
The European Commission has announced today that it will open Private Storage Aid for butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and certain cheeses in order to alleviate the impact of Russian restrictions on imports of EU dairy products and to limit the negative effects on the internal market. The Commission has also confirmed that the period for public intervention of butter & SMP will be extended until the end of the year.