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Coughlan welcomes proposed introduction of Export Refunds for pigmeat

Speaking from the EU Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels today, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., welcomed the EU Commission's intention to introduce export refunds for pigmeat. The Minister pointed out that she had taken up this matter directly with the EU Agriculture Commissioner Marianne Fischer Boel and had emphasised the need for such support on previous occasions at Council of Ministers level. "While the aid for private storage introduced at the end of October had been helpful, I had made it clear that it was not sufficient to address current market difficulties. The provision of export refunds would, hopefully, lead to improvement in this situation" she said.

The precise terms of the Commission's proposal will be made available at an EU Pigmeat Management Committee meeting this Thursday, 29 November. At the same meeting, the fixing of a time limit for applications in respect of aid for private storage will also be considered.

26 November, 2007

Date Released: 27 November 2007