Mr Cioloș said: "In response to the economic impact that we have seen all across Europe, my priority as Commissioner for Agriculture is to support vegetable producers as soon as possible. They need support now. I hope that this emergency plan will be accepted by the member states in the management committee next Tuesday (June 14) which will enable the first support to be cleared very quickly (in July)".
After examining the impact of the crisis with EU government ministers and experts from EU agriculture ministries, the Commissioner announced the level of compensation for producers would be increased from 30% to 50% of the usual seasonal price for the products concerned. This would be made available for all producers, regardless of whether or not they are members of producer organisations.
The emergency measures now include 2 other products – courgettes and sweet peppers – as well as cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce.
Compensation payments will be accessible to all farmers who have suffered losses from 26 May to 30 June initially. They will be administered through producer organisations or national paying agencies, if member states prefer.
The aid will be drawn from the existing CAP budget.