Greece to get extra EU financial support for peach producers

Greece disagreed with the European Commission’s country distribution of additional financial support to Greek peach and nectarine producers affected by the Russian import restrictions announced two weeks ago, during an Expert Group meeting on Friday discussing the impact on EU markets of the Russian embargo.

In the framework of an initiative first undertaken by the Greek Rural Development and Food Minister Giorgos Karasmanis on July 16, Greece insisted on Friday that the EC redefine more favourably the way it calculated financial support alloted to Greek producers, based on the actual peach and nectarine production of each country, instead of on the number of their producers.

In a press release on Friday, the European Commission confirmed there are changes to be expected, indeed, noting “the additional funding for peaches and nectarines is aimed primarily at withdrawals for free distribution, but will also cover withdrawals for ‘other destinations (e.g. composting, non-food use, etc).’ The legal text will be amended in the coming days to this effect. The budget for these measures is 29.7 mln euros for withdrawals and 3 mln euros for promotion, allocated to Italy, Spain, Greece and France on the basis of annual production.”