BELGIUM, Brussels. The European Commission announced immediate measures to ensure global food security and the support of EU farmers and consumers. A €330 million emergency package for Ukraine is aimed at helping the Ukrainian population secure access to basic goods and services.
The European Commission has presented a range of short-term and medium-term actions to enhance global food security and support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as energy and fertilisers.
According to the Commission, the surge in global commodity prices, further accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlighted the need for EU agriculture and food supply chains to become more resilient and sustainable. Furthermore, the Commission ensured its commitment to contributing to global food security, particularly in Ukraine, North Africa and the Middle East.
Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis emphasised that the member states would continue to provide humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians by securing their access to basic goods and services, notable food.
The Vice President also clarified that any export restrictions had to be avoided to "keep a lid on food prices." He stated that "Russia's war against Ukraine has created a multitude of problems including in relation to global food security. When it comes to food, now is the time for Europe to show its solidarity."
The Commission stressed the importance of Food security in Ukraine as a topic of "great concern, particularly in besieged cities, with Russia seemingly deliberately targeting and destroying food storage locations." Beside a €500 million support package for EU farmers, additional €330 million will go to the Ukraine "to secure access to basic goods and services, as well as the protection of the population."
The additional funds will target the producers most affected by the severe consequences of the war in Ukraine while member states are called to "provide additional financial support to farmers to contribute to global food security, or address market disturbances due to increased input costs or trade restrictions."
Further measures include more advances of direct payments as of October 2022, market safety-net measures to support the pigmeat market, the temporary allowance to produce crops on fallow land and temporary flexibilities to existing import requirements on animal feed.
The Commission also proposed a new, self-standing Temporary Crisis Framework that also covers farmers, fertiliser producers and the fisheries sector to allow state aid to farmers affected by significant increases in input costs.
Source: The European Commission