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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Main outcomes of the 'EU dairy sector beyond 2015' conference

At the last Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries, the Commission presented the main outcomes of the conference on "The EU dairy sector: developing beyond 2015" which took place in Brussels on 24 September 2013 (17713/13). The conference explored future trends in the EU milk sector beyond 2015, in the context of the abolition of the milk quota system in 2015. In order to prepare the sector for this new operating environment, a series of new instruments has been developed in the context of the Milk Package.
Some member states considered that, on the basis of the outcome of the conference, and beyond the "safety net" provisions provided in the CAP reform, the Commission should propose targeted measures for vulnerable milk production areas which could be affected by the end of quota in 2015.
However some other member states favoured instead measure to ensure a "soft landing" of the system after 2015 which would facilitate the transition to a system without a supply control mechanism. This would concern in particular members states exceeding already their milk quotas.
The Commission announced the establishment of a market observatory for milk which will allow to ensure a close monitoring of this sector. In addition, the Commission will prepare a report by 30 June 2014 regarding the development of the market situation in the milk sector as provided for by the Milk Package regulation. This will help to evaluate whether additional actions for this sector will be necessary in this context.

Source: Council of the European Union