Hungary prepares to call extraordinary meeting about tainted veg

Budapest, June 3 (MTI) – The Hungarian EU presidency is ready to call an extraordinary meeting of EU farm ministers to assess the impact of the diarrhea epidemic in Germany on the bloc’s vegetable and fruit sector, a spokesman of the presidency told MTI on Friday.  

A final decision on the date of the meeting is expected to be made early next week, depending on whether data and reports compiled so far are sufficient to allow in-depth discussion, said Marton Hajdu.


According to other sources the meeting has already been set to take place, as it has been supported by most member states.


The date and venue will probably be June 17 in Luxembourg, where all “ordinary” EU ministerial meetings would normally take place this month.


A meeting of EU agricultural ministers has already been scheduled for June 27-28.


Since the outbreak of the epidemic, which has mainly affected parts of Germany, demand for raw vegetables and fruits has dropped significantly in the EU as a whole.