Thursday, October 30, 2014

Romania appeals for "European solutions" to support farmers hit by Russian embargo

BUCHAREST, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Romania's Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin on Wednesday called for "European solutions" and new aid for the agri-food producers hit by Russia's embargo.

"Romania finds itself in the position of not exporting directly to Russia and risking an indirect impact, because products exported from other states, like Lithuania or Poland, are entering the Romanian market at dumping prices," Constantin, also a deputy prime minister, said after the first round of dialogue within the 9th Agro-trade and Economic Cooperation Forum between China and Central-Eastern European Countries.

"Political will is necessary; we must agree on these issues and then bring them to the Council," he said, stressing that European funds are necessary too, to help farmers getting through this extremely difficult period.

According to him, raising the minimum intervention price, private storage or stimulating producers to export to third party markets outside the European Union might be European solutions to consider soon.

The official said that he had warned at the last Council of Ministers about the risk of every EU member state trying to find national solution to protect its farmers and implicitly its consumers.

"I think it's time, since it is a European problem, to find European Solutions," he said.

According to the minister, he has reached a consensus with visiting Polish counterpart to present a joint view at the Council of the European Union in support of new aid measures for the agri-food producers hit by Russia's embargo.

Romania hosts the three-day agro-trade forum between China and Central-Eastern European Countries, during which the EU member states also talked about the way in which they have to implement the reformed Common Agricultural Policy, as well as the situation created by the Russian embargo.

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