Farmers affected by drought will be able to ask for larger advances in EU aid for direct payments and payments for rural development, according to a statement by the European Commission on 25 July.

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said that the prolonged weather conditions that have developed “are of concern to our farmers”, adding, “As always, we stand ready to help farmers affected by the drought. That’s why we decided to put in place higher payment advances as well as exemptions from certain greening rules to facilitate the production of animal feed.”