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MILK-NEWS

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Dear dairy farmers, dear interested parties,

An eventful year is coming to an end. We at the EMB wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for the important work you have done over the last 12 months:

Thank you very much to all the farmers for their commitment!

Many thanks to all the consumers supporting us farmers, and 

Warm thanks to the policy-makers advocating for a crisis-proof agricultural sector!

 

In this edition of the newsletter, we would like to stop and take stock of the important, striking events of 2019. Even though the end of the year brings the charming image of Father Christmas, fulfilling wishes and bringing presents, we dairy farmers are well-aware that our wishes and demands for cost-covering prices, which include fair remuneration, will not be granted without a fight.  For yet another year, farmers have shown that they are ready to fiercely advocate for their profession and their sector. Not only by working day in, day out on their farms and producing high-quality food, but also by showing a strong political involvement alongside this important work.

 

Compelling actions by farmers

In January, a border action between Belgium and Germany saw a number of European organisations and farmers coming together to make a strong case for a fair trade policy. Two months thereafter, European dairy farmers and their colleagues from Africa united in Brussels for a memorable action to appeal to the European Commission to reign in overproduction in Europe with a smart crisis instrument. In addition, there were also actions in individual European countries like Switzerland, as well as a ministerial visit to a French farm, where farmers presented a clear picture of what is required for the sector and for future-proof milk production to policy-makers and processors. In Germany, the MEG Milch Board published an important study on supply conditions in the sector and the German dairy farmers' association BDM followed up on farmer protests in October by demanding that the incumbent Minister for Agriculture pushes for a change in agricultural market policy at once. With the aim of greater knowledge and transparency, these two association together with the EMB shall also publish a study on organic milk production costs in Germany from this year on.

The protests and events commemorating the 10th and 11th anniversary of the European milk delivery strikes were also a definite highlight. This event saw more than 600 tractors and over 1000 farmers from all agricultural sectors coming together in Ciney, Belgium at an action organised by MIG. Thousands of consumers and farmers also made their way to Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy for the anniversary action organised by the French association APLI.

Fair milk prices are not impossible. This year, the Fair Milk projects demonstrated this once again in very practical terms in the different EMB member countries. And the progress continues – we are very happy to welcome a new member to the Fair Milk family: "Faireswiss" from the Swiss organisation Uniterre. At this year's Fair Milk Conference, it became clear that this model can be successful not only in Europe, but in African countries as well.

Fair Milk is not the only one to grow: This year, the EMB has also welcomed a new member into its fold. With APROLEP from Portugal, the EMB now represents 21 member organisations, all fighting together for responsible EU production in the dairy sector.

 

Brussels in focus

In recent months, Brussels was often in the spotlight when it came to political media coverage. Even though there has been clear progress, there were, unfortunately, no ground-breaking reforms in the agricultural sector, which meant eyes from all across Europe were on the EU capital. Firstly, we all followed the process that determined who would represent the EU institutions in the coming years and above all else, who would lead them. The European Parliament was elected and the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen is also now in place, with Janusz Wojciechowski as the Commissioner for Agriculture. There should now be nothing standing in the way of working on real reform of the agricultural sector to achieve responsible production and full cost-covering prices for producers! The dairy farmers of the EMB will continue to advocate emphatically for the MRP crisis instrument for the dairy market before the concerned policy-makers. The MRP is not only essential to address the current state of chronic instability, it can also act as a buffer for market distortions in the event of drastic events like, for example, Brexit.

We look forward to moving further down this important path in the coming year with all of you, toward a stable dairy sector.

But for now, we wish all of you a wonderful festive season with your family and a restful holiday! Enjoy the well-earned break, and gather strength and energy for the new year. A year in which we will continue our strong political commitment to our families and our farms.

 

Erwin Schöpges & Sieta van Keimpema

Producing one kilogramme of organic milk costs 60.29 cents

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Reuth, November 2019

Costs in the German organic milk sector will now be published annually

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Dairy farmers from all over Europe calling for an effective crisis instrument!

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Montichiari, November 2019

Discussions about dairy sector at international conference in Montichiari

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Bye, bye WhatsApp, hello Telegram!

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In addition to press releases, newsletters, its website and Facebook page, the EMB also provided information on current topics and developments in dairy policy through WhatsApp. As WhatsApp's terms and conditions have now changed, we are no longer able to send information and newsletters through this app since December 7, 2019. However, you do not have to do without our brief information as we switched from WhatsApp to Telegram to be able to keep you informed about the EMB in the future.

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“We expect Federal Agricultural Minister Julia Klöckner to press Berlin and Brussels for urgent changes in the agricultural market policy.”

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Excerpt from the press release of the Federal Association of German Dairy Farmers BDM (22.10.2019)

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International Fair Milk Conference: From Europe to Africa

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Libramont, October 2019

Fair & committed – milk producers honour responsible efforts with the Golden Faironika

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Launch of Faireswiss fair milk products

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Le-Mont-sur-Lausanne, September 2019

The Swiss Fair Milk Cooperative has launched Faireswiss fair milk, which guarantees producers a price of 1 franc per litre. Whole UHT milk and five types of soft cheese are now available in all 31 Manor Food stores in Switzerland.

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Switzerland: Demonstration for a fair and transparent dairy market

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Emmen, 17 September 2019

On 17 September, farmers’ association Uniterre staged a demonstration in front of the headquarters of Emmi, Switzerland's largest milk processor, to demand a fair dairy policy. As part of their action, Swiss producers also expressed their solidarity with their European colleagues on the occasion of the ten/eleven-year anniversary of the milk strikes.

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European milk strikes: Millions of litres & thousands of tractors

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In 2008 and 2009, milk producers, courageously and with a heavy heart, poured away the contents of their milk tanks to draw the world's attention to the absolute rock-bottom prices paid for milk.

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A new power balance in the European Parliament

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June 2019

Will agricultural policy in the European Parliament take a new direction? It is clear that the existing power balance has shifted post the elections held at the end of May. The large groups – the European People's Party (EPP) and the Social Democrats (S&D) – have lost seats and currently do not have a majority. The Liberals (ALDE) and the Greens are celebrating significant gains.

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Milk producer demonstration in Paris – Interview with Sylvain Louis, APLI chairman

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Paris, May 2019

On 14 May 2019, a few dozen French farmers, members of the French association of independent milk producers (APLI National), went to Paris to stage a demonstration near the Ministry of Agriculture. The aim: denounce how the Egalim Law has been implemented to date. Sylvain Louis, president of APLI, tells us about this day of protest.

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Study on supply structure in the dairy sector published

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The dairy sector study by the German Federal Cartel Office from 2012 has recently demonstrated that the functional capacity of the raw-milk collection market is, at best, limited. One thing is clear: The existing market conditions are imbalanced and work against milk producers!

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When cheap and too much becomes dumping

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African dairy farmers call on the EU to stem overproduction

"Milk in Africa is not just important, it is extremely important."

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Ministerial farm visit – interview with Boris Gondouin

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Stenay, February 2019

On 21 February 2019, the French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau visited the dairy farm of Boris Gondouin, member of the Executive Committee of the European Milk Board (EMB) and of the French association of independent milk producers (APLI). On the agenda: a detailed discussion on European solutions for the dairy sector. Boris Gondouin tells us about the visit.

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Farmers’ border demonstration to demand a stop to CETA & Co.

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Lichtenbusch, January 2019

With their tractors, farmers from 17 European organisations and two umbrella organisations are demonstrating together with civil society actors for an EU trade policy that is fair and climate-friendly around the globe. For a Europe with solidarity. No relaunch of TTIP.

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