«Τριπλασιασμό των ποσοτήτων που θα αποζημιωθούν λόγω απόσυρσης για τα ελληνικά, τα ισπανικά και τα ιταλικά ροδάκινα και νεκταρίνια.»
«Ευτυχώς η ανικανότητα της κυβέρνησης δεν έβλαψε αυτή τη φορά τους ροδακινοπαραγωγούς»
Δήλωση Μανώλη Κεφαλογιάννη
Ο Μανώλης Κ. Κεφαλογιάννης με αφορμή την απόφαση της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής να τριπλασιάσει τις ποσότητες που πρόκειται να αποζημιωθούν λόγω απόσυρσης των ελληνικών ροδάκινων έκανε την ακόλουθη δήλωση:
«Η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή αποφάσισε τον τριπλασιασμό των ποσοτήτων που πρόκειται να αποζημιωθούν λόγω απόσυρσης για τα ελληνικά και τα ισπανικά ροδάκινα και νεκταρίνια.
Μία απόφαση που ανακουφίζει τους Έλληνες ροδακινοπαραγωγούς λόγω των προβλημάτων που αντιμετωπίζουν από το ρωσικό εμπάργκο και τη μείωση των εξαγωγών προς τη Λευκορωσία.
Όπως, όμως, επισημαίνεται στο σχέδιο απόφασής αυτή έχει ληφθεί με παντελή απουσία της χώρας μας και του ελληνικού υπουργείου αλλά ύστερα από ενέργειες του Ισπανικού υπουργείου Γεωργίας, της Πανευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης Παραγωγών οπωροκηπευτικών (AREFLH) και Ελλήνων και Ισπανών ευρωβουλευτών.
Εμείς περιμένουμε με αδημονία τους πανηγυρισμούς της κυβέρνησης για το «θρίαμβο» όταν με το καλό επιστρέψουν από τις διακοπές τους και μάθουν για την απόφαση.
Ευτυχώς, η δική της μακαριότητα δεν έβλαψε αυτή τη φορά τους Έλληνες ροδακινοπαραγωγούς.
Οι ροδακινοπαραγωγοί, όμως, ακόμη περιμένουν από το υπουργείο «Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης» τις αποζημιώσεις για τις καταστροφές που υπέστησαν από τη χαλαζόπτωση.»
Το Σχέδιο Απόφασης της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής:
1. CONTEXT OF THE DELEGATED ACT
By letters received from the Spanish Ministry and AREFLH on 3 and 4 August 2017 respectively, the Commission services have been informed on a severe market disturbance in peaches and nectarines, due to the high level of production and stocks impacting prices, especially in Spain (Catalonia and Aragon), Italy (Emilia-Romagna) and Greece.
The Commission services convened a technical meeting on 8 August with the representatives of the sector (AREFLH and Italian, Spanish, French and Greek producers’ organisations) with a view to assessing the market situation and getting direct feedback. Spanish producers request that an additional quantity of 40 000 tonnes of peaches and nectarines should be added for withdrawals under Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1165 on the temporary and exceptional measures (the so-called ‘Russian ban’ regulation). Italian and Spanish stakeholders also confirmed that producer organisations already implemented the crisis and management measure under their operational programmes and used the exceptional and temporary measures (‘Russian ban’ regulation): no margin of manoeuvre to withdraw further quantities remains at their disposal.
On 9 August, the Commission services received an official request from the Italian authorities asking the Commission to take measures in order to mitigate the market situation for peaches and nectarines.
According to the available data, the market situation and in particular the prices, are very similar to the one which existed in 2014 when the Russian embargo was introduced, especially in Spain. This negative evolution and its size was not anticipated by stakeholders during the first part of the peaches and nectarines marketing year and till early August.
The Commission services do not expect that the overall market situation in peaches and nectarines will recover by the end of September (usual end of the production period for these products). Besides, export to third countries is not really feasible due to the perishable characteristic of the produce. The situation got worse by the fact that export to Belorussia (traditional third country market during this period for these products) is severely impacted following the introduction of SPS measures as from 1 July.
Although there is a gradual opening of new destinations for EU fruit, in particular Asian (China, India, Vietnam) and American countries (US, Canada), to replace the huge Russian market is difficult. This is specially so for peaches and nectarines, whose total EU exports fell significantly since 2016 by around 51% in volume and 57% in value, bearing in mind that Belarus is now the first exporting market for these products.
In view of the above, the current circumstances are significantly disturbing the market in the peaches and nectarines sector and that situation, or its effects on the market, is likely to continue or deteriorate, while the normal crisis and prevention measures available under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 appear to be insufficient.Therefore, adequate exceptional measures need to be urgently adopted to have effect in time during the current peaches and nectarines marketing year (that ends September 2017).
2. CONSULTATIONS PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION OF THE ACT
Member States and stakeholders have been asking for an increase of the allocated quantities for peaches and nectarines in Spain, Italy and Greece.A technical meeting to discuss the situation with experts from Member States took place on 24 August.
3. LEGAL ELEMENTS OF THE DELEGATED ACT
The delegated Act is based on Article 219(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013. It should be adopted by means of the urgency procedure according to Article 219(1) second subparagraph and Article 228 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013. This means that the delegated act enters immediately into force without delay. The delegated act should in addition have retroactive effect since it should apply as of the date when the situation was formally and factually communicated to the Commission by Member States on 3 August 2017.
It will apply as long as no objection is expressed by the European Parliament or the Council within period of two (or – if one of the institutions asks for an extension for two additional months – within a period of 4 months). If objections are expressed, the Commission shall repeal the act without delay.
COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/…
amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1165 as regards the temporary exceptional support measures for producers of peaches and nectarines in Greece, Spain and Italy
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard toRegulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007, and in particular Article 219(1) in conjunction with Article 228 thereof,
(1) From 3to 8 August 2017, some Member States and stakeholdersinformed the Commission on a severe market disturbance in the peaches and nectarines sector, due to a high level of production and stocks, especially in Greece, Spain and Italy. Stocks of peaches and nectarines in Spain amount to 87 000 tonnes, while 50 % of the peaches werestill not harvested at the beginning of August. Stocks of peaches and nectarinesin Italy amount to 130 000 tonnes, while 30% of the productsare still to be harvested.
(2) Since the Russian ban on imports of fruits and vegetables from the Union in 2014, producers tried to find alternative export markets. However, exports to Belarus, which is currently the first export destination for peaches and nectarines during the harvesting period,decreasedby 25% since 2015. The export is even more impacted since 1 July 2017 following the introduction of sanitary and phytosanitary measures by countries that are members of the Eurasian Economic Union, in particular Belarus.Besides, export to third countries is difficult in general due to the perishable character of the produce.
(3) The combination of those circumstances impacts the prices. According to the available data, the market situation and in particular the prices are very similar to those in 2014 when Russia introduced its embargo.
(4) Spain and Italy confirmed that producer organisations already implemented the crisis and management measure under their operational programmes and used the temporaryexceptional support measures provided for in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1165. Therefore, there is no more margin of manoeuvre to withdraw further quantitiesfrom the market under the current schemes.
(5) Thecurrent circumstances are significantly disturbing the market in the peaches and nectarinessector and that situation, or its effects on the market, is likely to continue or deteriorate, while the normal crisis and prevention measures available under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 appear to be insufficient.
(6) Although this market disturbance is only indirectly linked to the Russian embargo,it is appropriate, for practical reasons and in the interest of simplification, to use the existing systemlaid down in Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1165.
(7) In order to have a sufficient impact to stabilise the market, the quantities provided for in Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1165for peaches and nectarines should be tripled for producers in Greece, Spain and Italy.
(8) Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1165 should therefore be amended accordingly.
(9) In order to have an immediate impact on the marketand to help stabilise pricesduring the main harvesting season, this Regulation should applyretroactively as of the date when the situation was formally and factually communicated to the Commission, namely on 3 August.
HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:
Amendment of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1165
Annex I to Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1165 is replaced by the text set out in the Annex to this Regulation.
Entry into force and application
This Regulation shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
It shall apply from3 August2017.
This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
Done at Brussels,
For the Commission