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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Sugar quotas and EU farm spending budge dominate CAP reform debate

Quotas for sugar beet producers must be prolonged to allow beet producers time to adapt to new market realities, and EU farm spending should be frozen in real terms for 2014-2020, said many Agriculture Committee MEPs in the EU farm policy reform debate that took place on 17-18 September 2012. In the debate, MEPs advocated retaining sugar quotas for EU beet farmers until 2020. Farmers have invested a lot in their capacity to produce sugar and a decision to phase out quotas in 2015 would hurt them, many MEPs argued.
According to MEP Martin Häusling, quotas "have brought stability to the EU market" and abolishing them would only benefit the processing industry, rather than consumers and farmers. Although abolishing quotas could be beneficial and provide new opportunities for farmers, it would threaten the ability of Europe’s sugar industry to compete globally.

Source: European Parliament