EU pledges support for farmers following Russian food ban

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The European Commission confirmed on Wednesday it will 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. The new measures are aimed at alleviating the impact of Russian ban on importing certain EU agricultural products.

According to Dacian Ciolo?, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, “This ban is targeting certain sectors, in particular the fruit and vegetable sector where 29% of our fruit and vegetable export form the EU go to Russia, but also cheese where 33% of expert from the EU go to Russia and 28% of our European butter export go to Russia. Now of course the impact is forecast also on certain member states, but that varies depending on the product from the East to the North, then from the South for fruits and vegetables.”

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