More aid needed to counter fall­out from em­bargo on Rus­sia

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Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Ni­cos Kouyialis told his EU coun­ter­parts in Brus­sels on Mon­day, that Cyprus needs ad­di­tional sup­port to counter the fall­out of the em­bargo the EU has im­posed on Rus­sia.

Ad­dress­ing an EU Agri­cul­ture Coun­cil, Kouyialis said that de­spite EU ex­ports go­ing up by 5% last year, Cypriot pro­duc­ers suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant loss of in­come due to the em­bargo.

He stressed the need for new sup­port mea­sures to be im­ple­mented for cit­rus fruit farm­ers and veg­etable farm­ers in Cyprus. At the same time he asked that mea­sures in place for pork should be main­tained.

“We ex­pect that the prin­ci­ple of com­mu­nity sol­i­dar­ity will be im­ple­mented and that im­me­di­ate and sub­stan­tial mea­sures will be taken to deal with the se­ri­ous im­pact on Cypriot pro­duc­ers,” he told his EU coun­ter­parts.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sions on a new reg­u­la­tion pro­posal for GMOs, Kouyialis wel­comed the fact that the pro­posal has taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the views of mem­ber states. The new pro­posal, he said, will be one more tool al­low­ing mem­ber states to legally de­cide on their na­tional pro­hi­bi­tion mea­sures.

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