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October 5, 2022

Russian import ban prompts emergency summit of EU agriculture ministers

The Romanian Agriculture minister, Daniel Constantin is attending the event too.

The effect of the Russian import ban on agriculture in the UK and the European Union is to be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels on Friday, westerndailypress.co.uk informs.
Numerous companies – including Somerset cheese maker Wyke Farms – have reported difficulties because of the embargo, put in place by President Putin in response to the EU’s own sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The meeting, which comes almost a month to the day after Russia first closed food trade with Europe, will be attended by Defra Secretary of State Liz Truss, with her counterparts at the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish governments, Richard Lochhead MSP, Michelle O’Neill MLA and Rebecca Evans AM.
At the same time, a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Daniel Constantin, will go to Brussels in order to attend this summit concerning the ban placed by the Russian Federation on the imports of agricultural products from the European Union, a press release informs. Likewise, on the margins of the Council, MADR organized on Thursday, at the European Parliament headquarters, a conference titled “The Common Agricultural Policy – the promotion and marketing of traditional products.” The conference was followed by an open buffet that included Romanian cheese, wine, beer and grilled minced meat rolls. MEPs, European commissioners and European Commission representatives were invited at the event.
EUR 30 M to support agricultural producers over the embargo
The European Union has provided an additional 30 million euro for the support of EU agricultural producers in connection with Russia’s food embargo, sources in the European Commission said on Wednesday, quoted by itar-tass.com. “The European Commission has confirmed its intention to allocate 30 million euro for the EU agricultural market to mitigate the effects of Russia’s food embargo,” the commission said. Additional funds are provided for expanding the financial base of the programmes of the EU Common Agricultural Policy. “These programs are the EU agricultural policy tools for overcoming the market difficulties as a result of the Russian embargo. They will help producers find new trade partners inside and outside the European Union,” EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos said.
According to him, EUR 30 million is only half of the additional programme financing within the Common Agricultural Policy. These programs are funded jointly by the European Commission and private sector, that is, the European Commission will provide EUR 30 million and additional EUR 30 million – by the private sector on an annual basis,” Ciolos said. “The European Commission is rather optimistic about the situation. We have quality products, and if Russia does not want to buy them, we’ll find other buyers,” he said. The European Commission on August 11 announced the allocation of EUR 32.7 million for the support of EU producers of peaches and nectarines, and on August 25 – the allocation of EUR 125 million for producers of fruit and vegetables.
Nevertheless, experts say, the potential damage to Europe’s agricultural exports from Russian countermeasures can exceed EUR 7 billion.

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