€ 17 million additional EU support for the promotion of fresh fruit and vegetables following the E-coli crisis
Today, the European Commission has approved 14 programmes in 11 Member States to promote fresh fruit and vegetables both on the internal market and in third countries. The total budget for the programmes, running for a period of three years, is € 34.1 million of which the EU contributes € 17.0 million (50%). This was one of a set of measures proposed by the Commission this summer to address the difficult market situation faced by this sector as a consequence of the E-coli crisis.
Commissioner Cioloş' Statement on the Aid for the needy scheme following the Agriculture Council on the 14 of November 2011
"I am extremely happy that Member States have resolved the problems that were blocking the Aid for the Needy scheme in 2012 and 2013. I have now asked my services to make the necessary changes in order to ensure the continuation of the scheme this winter. As we have shown in recent weeks, the European Commission wants to remain a committed partner for the charities involved in the scheme."