Copa and Cogeca have expressed their deep sadness at the earthquake which tragically hit Central Italy earlier this week, seeing hundreds killed.
They have praised their Italian member organisations for providing much needed food supplies and relief to the victims.
“We offer our full solidarity with the Italian people and the national authorities at this time.”Pekka Pesonen, Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General
Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said in Brussels: “I am deeply saddened by the earthquake which hit Central Italy.
“Hundreds have been declared dead and many injured, starving and homeless.
“We offer our full solidarity with the Italian people and the national authorities at this time.
“I hope that sufficient aid and food supplies and relief will be made available to these victims to get them on their feet again.
“And I thank our Italian member organisations who are giving their full support to the victims during this crisis by providing them with a good range of nutritious food supplies, such as fruit and vegetables, dairy products, olive oil, meat, bread.
“They are also engaged in relief and accommodation, with the use of agricultural vehicles, bulldozors and tractors.”