14 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 14 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
European Commission formally proposes €2.4 billion support for EU farmers and refugees
In May 2015, the Commission had adopted the draft budget for 2016. In response to the refugee crisis, as well as to the particularly difficult situation on a number of EU agricultural markets, the European Commission has today amended its draft budget – bringing it to €144.4 billion in payments as compared to €143.5 billion in May. The Commission’s concrete proposals are for €1.68 billion of additional EU funding in 2016 to address the refugee crisis. This includes the €780 million for relocation of 120,000 people agreed before the autumn and €750 million out of the €900 million announced in the second half of September. For the other €150 million, at the beginning of next year the Commission will activate the Emergency Aid Reserve. At the same time, the Commission proposes that European farmers receive emergency support of an additional €700 million compared to the draft budget proposed in May. Of them, €500 million will go to finance a series of measures in response to the particularly difficult situation on a number of EU agricultural markets, notably the dairy sector. The other €200 million will go to provide emergency support for fruit and vegetables and some dairy products following the extension of the Russian embargo on EU imports of EU agricultural products. More information is available here. The European Parliament and the Council will now work towards agreeing the budget for 2016.
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