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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Post milk-quotas: “Why is the Commission the only one still not making proposals?1

June 29, 2015


The continual erosion in profits for some European dairy farmers, milk surpluses, the slowdown in Chinese demand and the renewal of the Russian embargo until 2016, are factors that together, complete the picture, disturbing to say the least, of the state of the European dairy market. Consequently, there is an increasingly clear dividing line between those who benefit from an abundance in European production at low cost and those who suffer from an unfavourable geographic and economic environment. Europe is not an isolated case, world prices are falling when New Zealand is also going through a difficult period.

The situation would not be as worrying if Brussels, the European Commission and its Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan, had taken the time to prepare the industry for leaving the quota system instead of sticking its head in the sand and even worse, being over optimistic.

Yet the Commission’s silence and inaction is not shared by all European institutions and participants. The latest report by Mr. Nicholson (ECR) adopted on 8th June by the European Parliament Agriculture Commission met with the adhesion of Parliament and the European Committee of the Regions. They all agree that new tools must be developed to include secure incomes for milk producers. It is therefore advisable to:
    - Raise the safety net for a limited period in order to deal with the imminent crisis, pending the implementation of another mechanism.

    - Strengthen the role of producer organizations so that they play a clear role in the economic management of prices and supply and improve the efficiency of contracting by expanding the mechanism to the entire sector, particularly retail.

    - Improve the functioning of the European Milk Market Observatory and set up the necessary means for the observatory to become a genuine management tool and not just an observatory a posteriori.

    - Take urgent measures for securing the incomes of all dairy producers taking particular guide from the proposals by the European Milk Board.
These recommendations were put to the European Commission. While not binding, it is hoped that the Commission will realize the only tools offered by the new CAP are inadequate and inappropriate and seize the opportunity offered by the mid-term review of the multiannual financial framework in 2016 -2017 to renew its approach to the realities of agricultural markets.


1 René Souchon


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