Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel’s comment to Commissioner Phil Hogan’s statement on Poland’s failure to present plans for biosafety measures

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 r.

It is a surprising statement. It is ill-conceived or based on unverified information. Perhaps Commissioner Hogan has been misled. This I cannot exclude. The facts are entirely different, though.

Photo. Polish and EU flags

Photo. Polish and EU flags

In November 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development presented a comprehensive funding programme from the EU budget for losses suffered by the pigmeat sector in Poland due to restrictions introduced as a result of ASF and financing compensation for farmers who cease to rear pigs after failing to meet biosafety requirements.

Since then, a number of meetings with representatives of the EC have been held, as well as numerous expert discussions with the Commission.

In February 2017, Poland presented the final information concerning biosafety measures to the European Commission, which exhausted the scope of arrangements made with the EC and necessary for implementing this mechanism.

I am surprised by the Commissioner’s position in the context of talks held with the Commission and the exchanges concerning Poland’s submission.

I consider my firm and negative opinion on the lack of grounds for duty-free import of sugar to the EU market to be the reason for the Commissioner’s negative position.