On June 26 at 11:00 am, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and representatives of the agriculture industry organisations will hold a meeting, during which the farmers and the Prime Minister will discuss their position regarding the EU direct payments prior to the European Council meeting on June 28 – 29.
This week, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (COMAGRI) shall present to the European Council its proposition regarding the equalisation of direct payments with a view to stipulate that the direct payments may not be lower than 65% of the average EU level. Farmers of the Baltic States have previously expressed their disappointment with this proposition and demand that the minimum level should be at least 80% of the average EU level.
Representatives from the Latvian Association of Agricultural Cooperatives (LAAC), the Cooperation Council of Agricultural Organisations (CCAO) and the Farmers’ Parliament (FP) shall present to the Prime Minister their arguments regarding the need for the Latvian Government to take a firm position regarding the matter of direct payments and their petition to the EU institutions that has been signed by more than 18 Latvian residents.
Furthermore, the representatives of the agricultural organisations will provide information about further progress of the petition as it will be submitted to the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Farmers will be represented at the meeting by Indulis Jansons (LAAC), Ilze Aizsilniece (LAAC), Edgars Treibergs (CCAO), Agita Hauka (CCAO), Māra Rudzāte (CCAO), Maira Dzelzkalēja (FP), and Juris Lazdiņš (FP).
The meeting will be held at 11:15 in the Prime Ministers’ Hall (Office of the Cabinet of Ministers, 3rd floor). A TV/photo opportunity is planned at the beginning of the meeting, while at 11:40 the meeting with media representatives is planned.
Release prepared by and further information can be obtained from:
Sabīne Puķe, Coordinator for the EU Direct Payments Campaign
+371 26340794, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org