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MILK-NEWS

http://www.europeanmilkboard.org

Dear Dairy Farmers and Interested Parties,

Another crisis is upon us. It follows that of 2009, which featured the milk strike and the spreading of milk on fields – and even worse, that of 1983, the major crisis of milk overproduction that led to the implementation of the quota system.

Whenever there’s a crisis the weak links get the worst of it: the consumers, seeing a decrease in security and food quality, but especially the producers, who, unable to make a profit, all over Europe are giving up farming. The untamed liberalism advocated by financiers, the private and co-operative agro-businesses – under the pretext of competitiveness and trade surpluses – is wreaking havoc in the countryside. The Milk Package, the intervention by producer organisations and the inter-branch organisation are just “spin”. An association and political microcosm is toying with the citizens like a cat with a mouse before crunching it.

Competitiveness will only be possible if the milk price covers production costs in the long run. In 2015 the EMB will continue to fight for the implementation of a crisis management and prevention system. This is the indispensable cornerstone in the construction of a competitive European milk sector. We will be tireless in lobbying the Commission and the European Parliament in defence of the producers and in favour of our plan. We will return in our thousands from all over Europe, more determined than ever to achieve a fair milk price.

 

A happy New Year to all, and see you soon in Brussels.

Paul de Montvalon, Member of the EMB Board and APLI France

Symbolic action campaign (11 December 2014)

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EMB press release


European milk producers demand that EU politicians act – gear milk production to market demand!

(Brussels, 11.12.2014) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan: Europe’s rulers are up to their necks in milk, they are in danger of drowning in the white stuff. This was made crystal clear by the European Milk Board (EMB) in a dramatic protest with a milk lake outside the EU Commission’s building today.

 

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Additional crisis instrument: the Market Responsibility Programme

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30 cents in France, 25 cents in Belgium and now only about 20 cents in Lithuania: the milk price is in free fall in Europe. At the same time the milk lake is growing. Some 7.5 million tons more were produced by the European dairy farmers in 2014 than in the year before. More and more indications, then, of a crisis like that of 2009.

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The situation in Germany

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Raw milk prices are becoming lower and lower. One reason for that is the production of 7 million tons of surplus milk in Europe. Another reason is that China produces some 80% of its milk requirement, so exports to China have fallen sharply. The average price paid in November was 31 cents/kg.

 

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Fair Milk in Germany

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There have been developments since the relaunch of Fair Milk in March 2013: Fair Milk has become established in reputable retail outlets (e.g. EDEKA) and is now available in many stores in the federal states of Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

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The world of dairy farming from a Danish perspective

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Prices are low in Denmark. The price paid by the Danish dairy co-operative Arla has dropped by 10 eurocents from a level above the European average to a level below average. It is deeply worrying because we, the Danish dairy producers, need at least the same price as the best-paying dairies in Europe to cover national expenses incurred under environmental, animal welfare and other national laws plus interest rates on very high debts.

 

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Interview with Jonas Vilionis, President of the Lithuanian Milk Producers’ Association

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End of November, the EMB interviewed Mr Vilionis from the Lithuanian Milk Producers’ Association concerning the current situation in Lithuania.

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US study points up worrying disadvantages of TTIP

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According to the European Commission the TTIP – the free trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and the USA – had many advantages and would have a positive impact on the EU economy. However, as a study carried out by the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) from the USA now shows, the opposite is more likely. The TTIP would bring about a reduction in GDP and personal incomes, as well as cost jobs in the EU.

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Report on the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

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In early December the Friends of the Earth organisation published research on ISDS lawsuits against EU countries. The ISDS – the Investor-State Dispute Settlement – is one of the key critical points of the TTIP and CETA negotiations.

 

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Brief news from Brussels

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EMB Agenda

The EMB Board’s key dates in January 2015:

  • 15.01.:          EMB press conference at Green Week Berlin
  • 16.01.:          EMB Board meeting (Berlin)
  • 17.01.:          BDM Symposium (Green Week Berlin)
  • 22.01.:          Meeting with Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan
  • 27.01.:          Expert consultation in the European Parliament  “Future of the milk sector”

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B-1040 Bruxelles
Phone: +32 2808 1935
Fax: +32 2808 8265
E-Mail: office@europeanmilkboard.org
Website: http://www.europeanmilkboard.org