The embargo imposed by Russia on food products from the European Union is having a real impact, and it is clear in this context that we need to discuss the issue of compensation and the way in which such compensation will be calculated and awarded.
Losses have been caused by both the impossibility of delivering these goods to Russia and the cancellation of a large number of orders on the intra-Community market. European food products that have been turned away by Russia have remained in Europe, saturating domestic markets and preventing trade that had been standard practice in recent years from continuing to operate normally.
For example, a Romanian producer who traditionally sells on the German market is now finding that this market is oversaturated — as are other European markets. Poland has lost EUR 840 million, Germany 600 million and the Netherlands 525 million. Every country has faced losses because markets have been seriously disrupted.
Any assistance that is granted must take account of these aspects of the crisis, i.e. the blocking of intra-Community trade in agricultural and food products, and not just of sales to Russia.
Can the Commission state its views on this pressing problem?
What practical steps has the Commission taken to reduce the extremely disruptive impact on the markets?