Europe-wide compensation for furious fruit and vegetable traders will come up for discussion this Tuesday in Luxembourg.
A spokesman at the European Commission in Brussels said that the wide-reaching impact of the E.coli crisis required broad solutions.
Roger Waite said: “Producers who are members of a producer organisation are entitled to EU co-funding for withdrawing fruit and vegetables from the market. As far as other options are concerned, the only clear option at the moment are state aids, and…there is a limit of 7,500 euros per farm over three years.”
The European Union’s agriculture ministers are expected to decide how to cushion the blow for farmers. Health ministers have already been discussing the matter. Spain has expressed support for Germans suffering from E.coli.
Yet its minister for health, Leire Pajin Iraola, also said: “Spain will ask for damages following the economical harm [caused]. And we will ask the Commission to improve the EU bloc’s food alert system.”
Spanish farmers have complained especially bitterly about their financial losses after Germany warned – in error – that it suspected the source of the epidemic to be Spanish imports.