EC: Farmers Not to Expect Instant Compensation for Russian Import Ban

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The European Commission has warned that farmers injured by Russia's restrictive measures are not to expect immediate compensations.

The scope of the restrictive measures, as well as their potential effect, are still being estimated and a product-by-product evaluation of the alternative items on other markets is being made, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio, citing Roger Waite, EU spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Waite explained that an expert-level discussion on the matter would be held on Thursday with representatives of the EU Member States, adding that a fuller picture of the situation was to be available by then, while the issue of potential compensations would take more time.

"We still believe that it is too early to discuss concrete sums. We shall not take immediate steps. We have the necessary mechanisms at our disposal, we can support farmers if problems arise, but we have to examine the potential impact first," he said.

He reminded that the new common agricultural policy rules provided the EC with greater flexibility and more opportunities to help farmers in cases of market crises when the intervention was considered necessary.

At the end of last week, caretaker Agriculture Minister Vasil Grudev sent a letter to Italian Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina to request an extraordinary sitting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

Martina holds the rotating presidency of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

The EU agriculture ministers are to discuss the Russian ban on fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from EU countries, as well as the compensation to producers who would be affected by the embargo.

Grudev argued that the situation called for a common EU stance, as well as swift and adequate measures to protect producers.

He claimed that the one-year Russian embargo would have a negative impact on Bulgarian producers and on agriculture in the EU in general.

Grudev's demand was backed by his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Finland, Belgium and Estonia.

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Optimistic - 17 Aug 2014 // 22:05:18

Russia should negotiate with individal EU countries to remove sanctions between them, Hungary, Greece, Slovakia would drop sanctions and trade with Russia.

Optimistic - 15 Aug 2014 // 15:52:13

Hungary PM Orban condemns EU sanctions on Russia, he says the EU should not hurt itself with these pointless sanctions.

The EU has enough problems with Greece and Portugal it doesnt need another car crash (The Ukraine) on its books.

Sure the US and EU will be financing the Ukraine and its Facist Government through loans while at the same time suffering economically due to sanctions.

It is time the West destroyed the Kiev Facists or cut off their funding.

Optimistic - 15 Aug 2014 // 08:30:16

Link in Western news showing the mess the sanctions are causing to the US space programme, The US needs Russian rocket engines, it doesnt have its own.

EU Sanctions BOON for Russian Economy - 15 Aug 2014 // 01:11:45

As a result of the EU and US sanctions, Russian domestic producers are getting incentives to increase production and develop new products to meet market demand.
Latin America is giddy with excitment about the new market opportunities in Russia. And that's why BRICS was created to de-dolarize the Russian economy.
All of the EU produceres are screaming about their losses and seeking compensation from the EU for their losses.
In addition, the US State Department's Speaker, Jennifer Psaki, just stated that the Russina embargo of US produce is endangering the US security....:-)

Warfou - 15 Aug 2014 // 00:49:20

Unfortunately, Russia's today's foreign policy does not much differ from that of Soviet times. The only reason Russia is not trying to capture Kiev is the NATO's support to the Ukraine. A try to conquer eastern regions of this country is quite essential for Russia because this region has lots of heavy industry. Military equipment was, and still is produced there and exported to Russia. In 2013, yet before the Ukrainian revolution, more than 30% of all military equipment acquisitions by the Russian army came from the Donbas. Russia cannot be a superpower without it, and this is exactly why they do whatever possible to hold it.

Agent Stanishev - 14 Aug 2014 // 22:24:02

You said - Bulgarian tank will roll up because the other 2 have to stay on western and southern border for protection.

Agent Piccadilly - 14 Aug 2014 // 22:01:36

These EU scum should be warned that Sergey Stanishev, the leader of Europe will not stand for such actions against our socialist allies. Stanishev should inform Brussels that unless they list Russian sanctions then Bulgarian tanks will roll into all major European cities to defend our slavic brothers against the counter revolutionary EU dogs, and will not hesitate to execute all those who dare question the sage words of our loyal leader.

Optimistic - 14 Aug 2014 // 21:56:42

Unfortunately the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact has collapsed, Russia is not the Soviet Union.

If Russia was the follow on from the Soviet Union Russian tanks would be in Kiev months ago and the nuclear missiles would be ready for launch.

Instead there is sanctions and propoganda.

Optimistic - 14 Aug 2014 // 21:49:06

Western news today says the Eurozone is stagnant, when the Russian sanctions get measured in their numbers the Eurozone will enter recession again.

Idiots, they pay the price for US expansion Eastwards in Europe.

Seedy2 - 14 Aug 2014 // 17:07:15

Good you took your pills, although you took too much of it but better then previous.

Thunderstorm - 14 Aug 2014 // 16:43:34

I am NOT Seedy. He is btw one of the smartest on this forum. Believing Russian polls is nonsense. Iin communist countries there was always 99,99% frequency at elections and 98% of votes for the ruling communist party, but only officially.

sa-sha - 14 Aug 2014 // 12:37:49

Russia is Russia and a continuity of Russia. Period.
Russia was and - legally and menthally - still is Russia; jump up and take flight to Your horde, Genghis Khuyev ;-)
From 10 to 15% of Russians would like to leave Russia (VTSIOM and Levada-Center polls' results), and №1 among
their preferences is Australia and Germany, but not USA.
Lavrov's daughter Katya was born and lived for ~25years in USA. Since 2008 she lives in Russia.

Seedy2 - 14 Aug 2014 // 12:09:46

Seedy, take your pills... or Putler will make you take them.

Thunderstorm - 14 Aug 2014 // 11:28:51

False. Russia is a continuity of the Soviet union. Putler said once that the collapse of soviet union were "world's greatest disaster after WWII".

U Kraina - 14 Aug 2014 // 01:01:38

Thank you for the feedback. However, I'd hate to be considered a Comrade, for this is something from the Soviet days and I'm glad it's over.
Too bad the ignoramuses can't distinguish between the Soviet Union and Russia. It's the same as Nazy Germany and Federal Republic of Germany

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