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Brussels new decision is beneficial to Latvian farmers

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During the late Wednesday meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on April 25 members voted for the document, which offers to even direct benefits to European Union farmers, requesting 90% from the average direct benefit amount to Baltic farmers.

«It is exceptionally good news for Latvian farmers and an unforeseen case when 90% of the EU average farmer benefit. The EESC is the first institution which has ever asked to equate payments up to 90% of the average EU amount, and this document directly mentions Baltic States. This document will further help Latvian politicians on their highest level fight for fair payments», – Farmer Organization Cooperation Council Boar member and Latvia’s representative in the EESC Armands Krauze notes.

He stresses that the recognition has the following text about the implementation of the payments approved: “Keeping in mind not only the interests of farmers, but consumers and the whole of society as well, the EESC does not intend to allow any further competition distortions, that leaves consequences in many member states, especially in Baltic States. The EESC proposes to re divide direct payments among member states in such a way, which would ensure every state receiving no less than 90% of the average EU payment amount in the end of the budget period.”

Latvia’s request to the EC is the performance of fair and objective payments to all EU farmers, given that minimal payment level is at least 80% of the average EU payment, which should be received by all EU member states starting from 2014. Meanwhile the direct payment level to Latvian farmers is currently the lowest in the EU, nearly reaching LVL 63 per ha, while the average EU index is EUR 266 (LVL 186) per ha.

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