Dairy farmers in particular have been hit by a global surplus of milk and the Russian embargo on EU produce. Against a background of mass protests in Brussels, the Commission unveiled a package of €500m of aid at an emergency Agriculture Council meeting: Aid package
It was important to avoid any revival of market distorting intervention measures which would be potentially expensive and could have unintended consequences, as well as exacerbating the underlying problems rather than solving them. These measures are directed primarily at farm incomes and include measures such as advancing direct payments which should ease immediate cash flow problems.
CAP expert Alan Matthews provides an in depth analysis of the measures here: Help for dairy farmers