European agriculture commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said that next week the European Commission may approve the provision of urgent assistance to farmers from 5 European countries whose farms have suffered due to the import of cheap grain from Ukraine. In particular, this applies to Romania, Bulgaria and Poland. Today, the ministers of agriculture and fisheries of the EU countries expect additional details from the leadership of 22 states.
"There were some problems on the border between Poland and Ukraine, now, according to my information, they have been resolved, and there are no problems in the transit of goods between Poland and Ukraine. We need information from 22 member countries with the rationale for their requests. I hope this decision will be made next week. The main reason for using the crisis reserve is that we have a crisis,'' Janusz Wojciechowski.
The EU agricultural emergency reserve was €450 million. Today, the budget has almost dried up, as funding was made to combat bird flu, as well as assistance to agriculture in Romania, Bulgaria and Poland in response to the grain conflict with Ukraine. Now the European Commission plans to increase the budget of the reserve to €530 million per annum.