Fourteen birdflu-hit countries will receive a total of up to 65 million euros to help their poultry sectors. Half the money will come out of the EU budget. The 14 governments will co-finance the rest. The UK’s is not among them but Ireland’s is. The countries are: Austria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.
The compensation applies to measures to reduce production, such as destruction of hatching eggs, destruction of chicks and early slaughter of certain animals. The special aid can not be used to destroy meat stores. In Europe, the main route of transmission of the deadly virus has been migrating birds.
As a result, the market for fowl has taken a battering, also in several countries in which no cases have been detected. Yet the director of the EU’s disease prevention agency raises a hopeful note: The virus appears not to be mutating quickly to a strain that easily moves from human to human.