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Friday, 17 February 2012

MEPs help boost dairy farmers' bargaining

MEPs have recently approved new legislation on agriculture. Notably, a new regulation will boost dairy farmers' bargaining power to get fair prices for their raw milk and help them prepare for the end of milk quotas in 2015.  Moreover, it will enable farmers' organisations to negotiate raw milk prices on their behalf without falling foul of competition law.
Parliament's rapporteur James Nicholson (ECR, UK) who stressed the benefits of this new legislation, said that ¨producer organisations should help farmers to organise themselves better and strengthen their position in the supply chain, especially in Member States where a system of co-operatives is limited or even non-existent, so that they can achieve the best possible price for their milk".
The new regulation, which has been provisionally agreed with the Council, has been approved at the first reading with 574 votes in favour, 97 against and 18 abstention.

Source: European Parliament