New compensation plan Dutch growers

Free trade agreement EU-Ukraine in force next year

The free trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine, which was meant to have been signed last year, will come into force next year. The European Parliament debated on the EC's response to the Russian boycott, in which criticism was voiced on the Commission's bad preparation. And reports came out on the new compensation plan for affected growers. Exact amounts have not yet been announced, but the Netherlands will reportedly be compensated for 220,000 tonnes.

Apart from the free trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine fully coming into force next year, one year later than planned, the Ukrainian government reached out to the separatists. The Ukrainian president is offering the separatists partial self-rule. The next three years, separatists are allowed to govern the areas controlled by them. Their own police, own judges, and Russian as the main language in education. In addition, there will be amnesty for the separatists. These measures will have to take the sting out of the conflict.

Fruit Logistica Berlin responds to boycott
In a press release, the organization writes that the Russian boycott has dramatic consequences, but also offers opportunities to open up new markets. Five months before the trade show, more stands have already been booked than at the show's opening last year. 2,600 exhibitors are expected.

European Parliament debates on boycott
Early this week, the European Parliament debated on the response to the Russian boycott. Although the mood is generally optimistic when it comes to the quick measures deployed by the European Commission, the thought 'it's not enough' prevailed. The Parliament thinks more money should be used through various channels, to compensate citrus growers and the meat and fish sector as well. Members of parliament also argued more has to be done to find other markets. They see Russia as an "unreliable trade partner." The Commission was also accused of not sufficiently taking into account a Russian response, and it should have anticipated that better. Incidentally, positive feedback was heard on the promotion of European produce, and free handouts to organizations and food banks, rather than destroying produce.

New compensation plan for Dutch growers
After the EU compensation plan was suspended following fraudulent claims from member states, a new compensation plan was put together. According to sources in Brussels, Dutch growers are to receive compensation for 22,000 tonnes of fruit. The exact amount that's reserved for that, will be announced soon. 

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