Hungary seeks EUR 1.6mn compensation for E.coli-related losses from EU.

By bne IntelliNews July 21, 2011
Hungary has applied for an EUR 1.6mn compensation from the European Union for the losses that local farmers have incurred as a result of the E.coli scare across Europe in May-June, MTI news agency reported, citing Gyorgy Czervan, state secretary in the ministry of rural development. Hungary has requested reimbursement for 4,849 tonnes of fruits and vegetables, which farmers were unable to sell in the period May 26-June 30. In early June the EU decided to compensate farmers with EUR 210mn. The money are to be extended to the producers of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, courgettes and peppers. The amount of the requested compensations is calculated on the base of half of the average price of fruits and vegetables in the 2007-2010 period . In early June, minister of rural development Sandor Fazekas said the Hungarian vegetable producers had incurred losses, equalling dozens of billions of forints, due to the E.coli scare.

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