EMB Newsletter January 2015
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)
Additional crisis instrument: the Market Responsibility Programme
The situation in Germany
Fair Milk in Germany
The world of dairy farming from a Danish perspective
Interview with Jonas Vilionis, President of the Lithuanian Milk Producers’ Association
US study points up worrying disadvantages of TTIP
Report on the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
Brief news from Brussels
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”