The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan (photo) Tuesday presented to EU Agriculture Ministers the details of the EUR 500 million support package announced last week to support European farmers.
Thus, all 28 EU Member States will receive substantial aid worth EUR420 million in total, allocated in a fair, targeted and effective way to address problems in the dairy and pig meat sectors, while allowing Member States maximum flexibility in targeting the aid, a press release informs.
Out of the total budget, Romania will receive EUR 11.1 million, as well as Denmark, but less than the Czech Republic (EUR 11.2 million), Lithuania (EUR 12.6 million) and Ireland (EUR 13.7 million). The biggest benefits will be granted to farmers in Germany, EUR 69.2 million and the least to Malta’s farmers – EUR 100,000.
“This is a comprehensive, decisive and robust support package. It is a significant statement of support by the Commission for European agriculture. It reflects in a very concrete way the comment of President Juncker in his State of the Union speech last week, when he described himself as a strong supporter of the CAP”, said Hogan.
Other measures include new Private Storage Aid schemes for dairy and pig meat and the possibility of advancing direct payments.