The EU is to contribute to the compensation of four countries that took precautionary measures against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in 2001.
The Member States, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Portugal, will receive financial aid to offset the costs of precautionary measures taken to avoid the introduction and spread of the disease on their territory during the epidemic of two years ago.
The compensation covers the costs for the slaughter and destruction of animals and for the destruction of milk and feedingstuffs and the costs for cleaning and desinfecting holdings.
The indicative EU contribution, which is 60 per cent of total eligible costs, works out as €782,000 for Germany, € 1,040,220 for Belgium, € 108,000 for Spain and € 125,000 for Portugal.
These are provisional figures, based on forecasts provided by the Member States, pending the results of controls.