France to support increasing direct payments to Baltic farmers

  • 2012-09-11

RIGA - France has expressed support for the Baltic countries' attempts to increase direct payments to farmers, Agriculture Minister Laimdota Straujuma wrote in her "Twitter" account following a meeting with French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll in Cyprus yesterday.

During the meeting with Straujuma, Le Foll confirmed France's support for the Baltic countries' initiative.

As reported, Latvia wants Brussels to introduce fair direct payments to farmers, stipulating that the lowest payments must constitute at least 80 percent of an average amount of the EU direct payments already in 2014.

At the moment, Latvian farmers receive the smallest direct payments in the EU, 63 lats (90 euros) per hectare or less, while an average figure in Europe is 266 euros per hectare.