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Smith welcomes further EU support of €20.7 Million

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. Brendan Smith T.D. welcomed the decision taken today at an EU management committee meeting to provide further EU support towards the costs arising from the recent difficulties in the pigmeat sector.

The measure allows for maximum EU support of €20.7 million and is additional to the €15m already being made available in the form of aid to private storage. This EU funding will contribute to the cost of disposal of pigs that come from farms that used contaminated feed and the destruction of fresh, frozen and chilled pigmeat that may have been derived from such animals and that remain under the control of the primary processors. The measure also covers the relatively small number of cattle affected by the issue.

Minister Smith commented that this further support was a direct response to the decision taken at the European Council to assist Ireland in this matter. It again demonstrated that our European colleagues endorsed the swift and decisive action taken by Ireland and were fully committed to providing all necessary related assistance.

Date Released: 18 December 2008