The Dutch Fruit Growers Organization (NFO) and the Belgian Farmers' Association want the European Union to review economic sanctions against Russia. If the EU does not do this, there must be more support for the sectors that suffer the most from sanctions, such as fruit growing.
As a result of the punitive measures introduced five years ago, apple and pear growers have lost an important market. It takes the sector a lot of effort to find new customers. The growers also suffer from an over supply of apples and pears from Eastern Europe, where cultivation is supported with European money. The NFO and the Boerenbond therefore believe that this support should stop.
Russia announced the boycott in 2014, in response to sanctions from the EU. They were established because of the Russian interference in Ukraine. Both parties recently renewed the sanctions.