15 Mar 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 15 MARCHBrussels Daily
European Commission activates exceptional measures to further support European farmers in crisis
The European Commission announced at the Council meeting of agriculture ministers an additional package of exceptional measures using all the tools made available in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to support EU farmers while safeguarding the EU internal market. The series of measures outlined by Commissioner Hogan to the agriculture Ministers of the European Union complements the €500 million support package from last September and shows the Commission’s determination to play its full role in assisting European farmers. Commissioner Hogan declared yesterday: “In the interest of EU farmers, I am prepared to use all instruments that the legislators have put at our disposal, both as a short term and long term measure. We must use the appropriate instruments and actions to enable farmers to be resilient in the face of volatility whilst providing immediate assistance to them. Our response is a comprehensive one, taking on board as many of the proposals as can be done, within the legal and budgetary constraints that apply to all of us. I believe that this is a package of measures which, when taken with the full implementation of the September solidarity package, can have a material and positive impact on European agricultural markets and it should now be given the chance to succeed.” The full press release with the list of measures is available online.