European Commission funds measures to support poultry market
An EC proposal for
EU budget co-financing of measures to support the AI stricken poultry market has
been approved. The expected cost to the EU budget is between €50 and €65
The following member states have requested aid measures: Czech Republic,
Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Hungary, the
Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, and Slovakia.
specifies the type of measures which can be 50 percent financed by the EU. It
focuses on 'upstream' measures, that is, those that aim to temporarily reduce
production, such as the destruction of hatching eggs. It sets a maximum level of
compensation per unit destroyed as well as the maximum number of units per
member state and the time period covered by each measure.
Commission does not propose co-financing of 'downstream' measures such as aid
for private storage or the destruction of existing stocks of poultry
"The dramatic decline in poultry consumption and prices earlier
this year was an extraordinary situation which required extraordinary measures,"
commented Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural
Development. "I believe our proposals will give farmers the flexibility to
adjust their production to the market situation without prolonging market
imbalances unnecessarily. I am against aid for private storage and the
destruction of stocks of meat. Thanks to the recent improvement in the market
situation, the industry should be able to use existing
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