More aid needed to counter fallout from embargo on Russia
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.