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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Ministers want to give farmers better bargaining power

EU-27 farm ministers agreed on the 18th January to push for measures that would ensure all actors in the food supply chain, and particularly farmers, receive fair compensation for their work.  EU agriculture ministers met to discuss Commission proposals on a better functioning food supply chain in Europe, which aims at improving commercial relationships between producers and consumers. Spanish Rural Affairs Minister Elena Espinosa, chair of the ministerial meeting, said that the discussions revolved around greater price and market transparency, combating unfair commercial practices, contractual relationships, 'inter-branch' cooperation between professional organisations and the overall "competitive edge" of the EU agri-food sector at international level. She said that all ministers welcomed the Commission's initiative, which sets out measures to ensure the proper functioning of the food supply chain, and expressed hope that EU measures would enter into force "as soon as possible". Furthermore, many delegations underlined the need for further steps to ensure "fair distribution of value added right the way down the food supply chain," stressing the need to make sure that "each link in the chain gets fair compensation" for work done in the process, the Spanish Council chair told the press.

Source: Euractiv