EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan made the following statement about the dairy situation in Finland in the wake of the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products:
“I fully understand the difficulties being experienced by dairy farmers in Finland and I am seeking a solution that is fair, reasonable and justifiable.
This afternoon, I had a further constructive conversation Petteri Orpo, the Finnish Minister for Agriculture, about the situation in the dairy sector in Finland which has been hit by the Russian food import ban.
The Minister offered to send his State Secretary and statistical experts to Brussels next week to meet with my staff. This should allow the European Commission to examine all the relevant data and establish the full picture in terms of the price drop experienced by Finnish farmers. Should the information justify measures, then we should be in a position to make progress on a package targeted to the dairy sector in Finland.
Of course the question of any support measure for Finland must have regard to the budgetary circumstances, which have yet to be finalised. The budgetary situation is extremely tight and this will be taken into account in any calculation.”