Embargo on exports to Russia: EU assistance for Parmigiano Reggiano

Forthcoming measures to encourage private stockpiling of the cheese. The Protection Consortium's Gratification

Reggio Emilia, 28 August 2014 - Gratification, on the part of the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium, regarding the decisions announced today by the EU Commission, which has extended measures already adopted for fresh products to hard paste cheeses and those with long maturing times (including the “King” of cheeses). These measures are designed to mitigate damage to agricultural producers due to the Russian Federation's embargo on exports of European agri-food products in retaliation for sanctions put in place during the Ukraine crisis.

In particular, any day now, specific measures will be coming into force to encourage the private stockpiling of Parmigiano Reggiano. “We wish to express our appreciation," says Giuseppe Alai, the Consortium's President, "for the measures approved by the Commission, whose adoption is allied to the particular attention and commitment towards Europe of the Italian Minister of Agriculture, Maurizio Martina.

This opening," Alai goes on, "is the answer we’ve been waiting for after the entreaties of the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium and the system representing Italian PDO cheeses.” “In this respect," Alai adds, "these measures will ensure support for producers in a critical phase of the market, with the Russian embargo closing what has been one of the most significant commercial channels in terms of growth over recent years." “The hope now," Alai concludes, "is that the situations that led to the sanctions and embargo will be surmounted as soon as possible, thereby reinstating the regular exchange of goods appropriate to an open market system."