Bulgaria has suffered some financial losses after some countries blocked the import of vegetables from the EU, Minister of Agriculture and Food Miroslav Naidenov said for Focus news agency on June 3 2011.
Bulgaria had taken measures against E.coli outbreak, following instructions from the European Commission. There was still some uncertainty surrounding the situation, however, because the cause of the infection had not been categorically established, Naidenov said.
EU agriculture and health ministers will meet next week to discuss the effects of the dangerous bacteria outbreak transmitted through infected cucumbers and tomatoes.
Naidenov said that, at the planned meeting, some ministers will seek economic damages.
Bulgarian local producers said that the damage sustained can only be assessed once the crisis is over.
Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said he would demand reparations for any economic losses suffered.
EU has urged Russia - its largest export market for vegetables - to drop its ban on the import of fresh vegetables, describing the move as totally disproportionate, the BBC reported.