Answer given by Mr Cioloş on behalf of the Commission
Commission Implementing Regulation (EC) No 543/2011 of 7 June 2011(1) lays down in Articles 88 and 89 the specific rules on harvest insurance for fruit and vegetable producers, which may be of use in this case. The aim of the harvest insurance measures is to contribute to safeguarding producers' income and covering market losses caused by natural disasters, climatic events and, where appropriate, diseases or pest infestations. To benefit from the harvest insurance measure, the producers need to belong to a recognised producer organisation and the operational programme has to include this measure.
In addition, the Rural Development Programmes foresee the possibility to support the restoring of the agricultural production potential damaged by natural disasters. The implementation of that measure is the responsibility of the Managing Authority of each Rural Development Programme.
The European Union Solidarity Fund may not intervene to cover private damage.