THE emergency aid package agreed by the European Commission for those vegetable growers affected by the recent E.coli crisis in Germany is to be increased to €227 million.
The initial aid package of €210m was announced in June, allowing the EU to pay producers for cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, courgettes, and sweet peppers which were withdrawn from the market between May 26 and the end of June as a result of the outbreak.
In a statement, the EC said it appeared the financial impact of the measures taken to counteract the E.coli crisis had been ‘slightly bigger than expected’. The new figure will meet the full compensation demanded from different member states.
It added given the significant disturbance of the fruit and vegetables market and the harm caused to the fruit and vegetables sector, the Commission considered it appropriate to increase the budget.