New targeted support scheme to compensate EU growers for lost Russia sales

The European Commission has introduced new "emergency market measures" for fresh fruit and vegetable stocks hit by Russia's ban on imports, valued at up to €165 million (£130m).

Image: Gérard Colombat
Image: Gérard Colombat

An earlier support scheme worth €125m was suspended on 10 September due to excessively high claims.

The new scheme now outlines volumes of individual member states' crops that will be eligible, based on export volumes over the last three years but taking account of volumes already claimed under the initial scheme.

As the UK has no track record of exporting fresh produce to Russia, no eligible volumes for UK produce are listed.

The largest beneficiary in top fruit will be Belgium, which will receive support for 43,300 tonnes of lost exports, with Italy, France, the Netherlands and Poland also benefitting substantially.

Spain will be the main beficiary of salad and field vegetable interventions, which will cover 20,400 tonnes of lost sales, followed by Belgium, the Netherlands and Lithuania.

EU agricultural commissioner Dacian Ciolos said: "This programme to provide short-term relief will be more targeted than the initial scheme, although there is still some flexibility."

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