Last Wednesday, in the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture, the Commissioner reported that the executive had received requests from agricultural producers, agricultural organizations and member states, asking for the quick activation of market measures under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in order to help the various sectors affected by COVID-19. He said that he understood these legitimate requests, but that there was no additional budget that could be applied to these situations. He recommended resorting to existing measures within the framework of the Common Market Organization (CMO).
Subsequently, on Thursday, the Commission announced new support measures that would be limited to sectors that receive direct payments under the CAP. According to the Commission, the two approved measures will result in a higher share of payments being advanced and in member states reducing the physical controls necessary to become eligible to receive aid.
Given this situation, FEPEX will contact the Ministry of Agriculture and the European Commission to insist on the need for support measures for the sectors affected by the coronavirus that are not included in the payments and therefore lack direct aid. Such is the case of the strawberry and flower and plant sectors.
According to FRESHUELVA, in the case of strawberries, the demand has fallen by more than 50% in the middle of the season, causing severe losses for producers and exporters. The flower and live plant sector has also been one of the most affected by the coronavirus crisis due to the massive drop in consumption, given the closure of points of sale and the suspension of festivities such as Father's Day or Easter, when they are in great demand.