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Brussels to assist vegetable producers affected by Russia's food embargo

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA number of emergency meetings have taken place in Brussels, after which the European Commission has promised to help vegetable producers affected by Russia’s embargo on food imports. Producers of cucumbers, tomatoes, cauliflowers, mushrooms and peppers have been selected for assistance.

On August 15, Roger Waite, EU spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner said the EU executive will «early next week» announce a new «market stabilisation measure» to ensure that excess produce does not cause a steep fall in prices for the worst-affected commodities.

The new measure comes after the EU last week helped buy unwanted peaches and nectarines worth between EUR 20 million and EUR 30 million, EU Observer reports.

The EU can take money from EUR 420 million fund to compensate farmers 50 percent for items which are diverted from food markets to be used as fertiliser or 100 percent if they are given to schools and hospitals.

The Commission on August 15 also decided to hold additional meetings every week to evaluate ongoing needs.

In addition, member state foreign ministers are meeting on August 15 to discuss Ukraine, as well as the situations in Iraq and Gaza.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    Note the ambiguity. ‘Will help’ could mean offering sympathy, a shoulder to cry on. Note the products mentioned. Peaches, peppers, nectarines. No meat products or dairy produce. Few will be compensated. I wonder at what point of belt tightening the peoples of the distressed 28 EU nations, now back in recession,. Will realise they have been hoodwinked.

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    • Linda says:

      we can all scoff more fruit as our 5 a day plus and import less from outside EU. Africa could benefit also from the EU mountain of surplus food, then nothing will be wasted. Free distribution to the extremely needy for their 5 a day, …… and so on.

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      • mike walsh says:

        The Dutch farmers associations are burning their excess produce rather than put it on the market. They do so to keep shop prices high. At least some EU States are showing brains and balls:

        The authorities of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary urged to lift the sanctions that are applied against the interests of the European Union and cause more damage to Europe than Russia.

        Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Western sanctions, which automatically led to a response from Russia, Europe cause more damage than the Russian Federation.

        “We are harming ourselves. I never thought that sanctions can be an effective tool in solving political problems. I will do everything possible in order to change the current sanctions regime with the EU. This policy was ill-conceived “- said Orban.

        Prime Minister Robert Fico also said that Slovakia does not want to be held hostage by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and can not sacrifice their interests for the sake of someone’s confrontation with Russia, and added that the EU sanctions and Russia are meaningless for both sides and will to a weakening of the European Union.

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        • jj says:

          Not really so surprising that Orban should say this, given his recent history of cuddling up to Russia.
          Would that be the same Viktor Orban who last month appointed as ambassador to Rome a man who has spoken of Jews as being “agents of satan”, and regards Jews as being “greedy, envious, evil – and ugly”?

          You also fail to mention that it is the President of the Czech Republic who spoke against sanctions – not the government, and that conversely, the President of the Slovak Republic agrees with sanctions.

          Orban said that sanctions were like shooting ourselves in the foot. However as the Lithuanian foreign minister said, being shot in the foot is better than being shot in the head :-)

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