Hit hard by the Russian food embargo, farmers from the Baltic countries and Finland have urged EU politicians to be more effective in finding new markets, as well as continue dialogue with Moscow to overcome the food ban deadlock.
Collapsed milk prices, the China crisis and the Russian ban on imports all mean that Europe needs new markets, said European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan. He wants to form a group of experts that can plot a course out of the mire. He spoke with EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel.
The German Farmers' Association (DBV) has complained of the "drastic worsening" of conventional farming, attributing blame to non-German and non-EU causes. But Green and environmental organisations criticised the call for help as "hypocritical". EURACTIV Germany reports.
Angry French farmers blocked the streets of Paris with more than 1,500 tractors on Thursday (3 September) to protest against plunging food prices and soaring costs they say are killing their livelihoods.
The European Commission extended its financial support to Europe's agriculture sector today (7 August), renewing benefits to farmers hit by Russia's ban on food from the EU. The new aid package will last until June 2016 and targets European fruit and vegetable producers.
Russian officials on Thursday (7 August) steamrolled tonnes of cheese, fruit and vegetables, defying public outrage to begin a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the crisis-hit country.
Russia plans to extend a ban on Western food imports for six months starting in early August, and may add new products to the list, in retaliation for extended European sanctions against Moscow, officials said on Monday (22 June).
At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago.
Agriculture ministers from 21 EU member states called for extra funds to deal with the Russian embargo during the Agriculture Council on Monday (11 November). Farmers have criticised the use of the emergency funds from the CAP. EURACTIV France reports.
The European Commission has pledged an additional €165 million in aid for farmers affected by Russian sanctions, after being subjected to withering criticism from food producers across the bloc over its first aid plan.