EU support for Latvia’s milk producers must correspond to the losses caused by Russia’s embargo
On December 15 – 16, the Minister of Agriculture, Jānis Dūklavs will be in Brussels where there will be discussions at the EU Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries on the development of milk sector in the coming years after milk quota system is cancelled in April 2015. This means that there will not be any quantitative limits for milk production in the future therefore Member States are concerned about the ability of milk sector to adjust to new conditions. Moreover, in several Member States also henceforth, the milk production will be negatively impacted by sanctions introduced by Russia.
“We appreciate actions taken by the European Commission, providing support to the Baltic States and Latvia’s milk producers by allocating EUR 7.7 million. However, evaluating the current situation, we are concerned that the amount allocated may be insufficient to compensate farmers for the losses. The currently allocated compensation hardly covers 30% of the total losses incurred by milk producers. Therefore, we would like to achieve that the support provided by the European Union is sufficient and not only a symbolic and partial compensation to those who have suffered the great losses”, emphasizes the Minister, Jānis Dūklavs.
There were discussions at the EU Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries on a new Regulation of the European Commission, laying down fishing opportunities in EU waters and outside EU waters for fishermen of EU Member States for 2015. Latvia supports approval of the Regulation and the total allowable catch, laid down by the Regulation that will be available for Latvia’s fishing vessels the next year.
In Brussels, the Minister, Jānis Dūklavs will also meet Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, to outline Latvia’s priorities in the capacity of the Presiding State of the EU Council. This same topic will also be discussed with Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
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