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European Commission may still buy pigs in January

So close to Christmas, the European Commission does not intend to use EU money to help the European pig sector plagued by swine fever. According to Agriculture Commissioner Janus Wojciechowski, there are currently signs of a slight recovery in pig prices.

Buying stocks now with EU money would disrupt the market. But if the recovery does not continue, a market intervention in January is likely, he said.

It was the third month in a row that EU countries urged Brussels for extra support, but especially the 'big' meat countries such as Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ireland and Spain have so far been opposed to this.

At a press conference after the Agri Council, the commissioner said that he had discussed this with individual countries, but did not name names.

Thirteen EU countries also urged Brussels to provide extra support for the extremely high prices for fertilizer, seeds and gas (greenhouses) prices. Wojciechowski pointed out that it is not a European, but a global problem. He alluded to the heads of government coming back to it later this week at their EU summit.

Wojciechowski also pointed out that several EU countries from their corona recovery fund have used millions of their money for rural development. They can also use that money for support for pig farmers or for fertilizer.

The Czech Republic, on behalf of the Vysegrad group, again tried to postpone the new agricultural policy and the farm-to-fork strategy, because many countries have not submitted their nsp nig.

Therefore, according to many Eastern European countries, the CAP only needs to be checked marginally in the early years. But the European Commission and other EU countries (including the Netherlands) are sticking to the agreements made.

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