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Thursday, 11 October 2012

"Milk package" fully applicable

The so-called "Milk Package", designed with a view to the longer term future of the dairy sector following the end of the EU dairy quota system in 2015, is fully applicable from 3 October 2012. Drafted on the basis of the conclusions of a special High Level Group set up after the 2009 milk market crisis, this series of measures is aimed at boosting the position of dairy producers in the dairy supply chain and preparing the sector for a more market-oriented and sustainable future.
The new regulation was published on 30 March 2012, with some elements entering into force on 2 April and others only today (6 months later). Commenting on the new rules, Commissioner Cioloş announced the importance of producers taking advantage of the new regulatory framework to be more organised and to "carry out real clout in the food chain".
The measures will apply until mid-2020. The Commission is mandated to report in 2014 and 2018 on the market situation and the implementation of the measures. These reports (to the Council and the European Parliament) will assess in particular the effect of these measures on milk producers and milk production in disadvantaged regions and will cover potential incentives to encourage farmers to enter into joint production agreements.

Source: European Commission