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Wednesday, 08 June 2011

Farmers to receive compensation for the E. coli outbreak

The EU will pay an aid amounting to at least 150 million euro to farmers who suffered losses due to the E. coli outbreak. This was proposed by the Commission at the Agriculture Council’s extraordinary meeting, on 7 June 2011 in Luxembourg. The European Commission’s proposal was presented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Cioloş.In the press conference after the extraordinary meeting, Mr Cioloş said in detail that under Article 191 (emergency measures) of the Council Regulation (EC) No. 1234/2007, on the Single Common Market Organisation, compensation will be paid out by means of a Commission Regulation, for the losses having occurred between the end of May and the end of June.The proposal of Mr Cioloş mentioned 150 million euro, which is estimated to cover 30 percent of the actual damages.At the same time, many Member States have urged for 100 percent compensation.To this end, Mr Cioloş has promised a rapid revision of the text and to increase the amount of compensation.

Source: Hungarian Presidency