€165 million for perishable fruit and vegetables
Worth up to €165 million, this new scheme provides support to withdraw surplus volumes from the market and comes in addition to the programme worth up to €125 million € for fruit and vegetables that was announced on August 18, but suspended on September 10 because provisional applications showed that the full budget allocation had already been claimed.
In order to be better targeted, the new scheme includes an annex outlining eligible volumes in individual Member States with specific figures per product group. The new plan also includes oranges, mandarins and clementines for the first time.
EU agricultural commissioner Dacian Cioloş stated: "I am pleased that the Commission has managed to mobilise a further €165 million to help ease the market pressure for fruit and vegetable growers following the Russian ban. This programme will be more targeted than the initial scheme, although there is still some flexibility within the 4 product groups. These market support measures will provide short-term relief." ■