During the meeting member states expressed concerns at the consequences for the sectors most affected by the ban, i.e. dairy products, pigmeat and fruit and vegetables.
The Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian and the Slovak delegations presented the worrying situation on the dairy market and the Austrian delegation briefed the ministers on the difficulties faced by the EU pigmeat sector.
During the exchange of views between ministers which followed, many member states expressed concerns at the consequences for those sectors most affected by the ban including the fruit and vegetables sector. Some delegations noted that the Russian ban is not the only cause of the difficult economic situation faced by the EU milk and the pigmeat sector where there is a significant pressure on prices. A number ministers called for more to be done for the sectors concerned, by extending the scope of certain measures and diversifying the tools used.
The Commission announced market measures for fruit and vegetables and milk to mitigate the pressure on prices and the effects of the Russian ban. Concerning pig meat, the Commission recalled that temporary private storage measures were implemented in March and indicated its readiness to evaluate the market situation.
Monday July 13, 2015/ Consilium/ European Union.