Budapest, September 12 (MTI) – Hungary has asked the EU to put fruit and veg subsidies on the agenda of the Special Committee on Agriculture after Brussels on Wednesday suspended aid to farmers affected by Russian sanctions.
Hungary’s agriculture and regional development office (MVH) said in a statement on Friday that farm commissioner Dacian Ciolos had announced the suspension on Sept. 10, arguing that preliminary applications for aid by member states had exceeded the EU’s average exports to Russia several times over.
MVH said that the EU agriculture committee should discuss the issue without delay in order to ensure the transparent and responsible utilisation of resources. Hungary had already indicated during the discussion of the aid proposal that more than 125 million euros would be necessary, the statement added.
The MVH noted that in Hungary preliminary applications for aid was low and had arrived from only 226 applicants.