Urgent EU meeting called to address Russian ban on imports

Senior agricultural experts from all EU member states will meet on Thursday this week (August 14) to assess the impact of the Russian ban on imports.

EU agriculture commissioner, Dacian Ciolos (pictured), has also set up of a special task force to conduct a sector-by-sector assessment of the impact of the ban on Europe’s producers and businesses.

“I understand the concern expressed in the EU farming sector,” said the commissioner. “I want to underline that the Common Agricultural Policy has new and modernised tools to stand by them, as soon as it is needed, including our crisis reserve, which is already available now.

“I am confident that our resilient farm sector will reorient rapidly towards new markets and opportunities. But there must be support to help this transition happen smoothly.

“This requires a joined up, European response. I have spoken with Farm Ministers from across Europe and in particular the Italian Farm Minister and Council President. In the current context, the most important step is to react in a proportionate and rapid way should the situation arise.

“As always when market situations require, I have already instructed my services to establish a task force to analyse the potential impacts sector by sector, and to assess how we can effectively provide meaningful support if and where this is needed.”

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