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MILK-NEWS

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Dear dairy farmers, dear interested parties,

It's a pleasant surprise when EU policy-makers propose positive developments: At the end of May, the European Parliament voted in favour of the report by Italian MEP Herbert Dorfmann on the 'Future of Food and Farming' and thus presented the Commission with a clear direction for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

From the perspective of milk producers, the report includes some important, positive proposals to bring stability to the dairy market. For example, it talks about the introduction of effective instruments that would be better equipped to align supply and demand. It also specifically mentions the possibility of milk volume reduction during crises, similar to the EU volume reduction programme implemented in late 2016 that was a clear success. Furthermore, the scope of the Milk Market Observatory should also be expanded i.e. it should not simply collect data about the market situation – as is currently the case – but it should also take preventive action as soon as a market imbalance is detected.

Another positive proposal is to exclude sensitive sectors from free-trade agreement negotiations, with special protection for raw milk. This is an important point for European milk producers considering negotiations between the EU and New Zealand & Australia have just begun and there is an inherent imbalance between us and producers from Oceania who have a competitive advantage.

Of course, the key question is whether Agriculture Commissioner Hogan will actually include these proposals in the draft text on the CAP reform, and will take action against chronic overproduction and implement effective measures to combat unfair prices on the dairy market.

On the occasion of World Milk Day on 1 June, many of our member organisations organised actions to draw attention to the topic of milk production. In Italy, we presented a plan to set up a milk and cheese museum. You can read more about the activities in the individual countries in this issue.

There is also some good news from France: On 14 June, the fifth 'Fair Milk Conference' took place in Lille. In recent years, the event has become a meeting point and forum for farmers, processors, consumers and policy-makers, where everything revolves around fairly-produced milk products. Our French colleagues have done their utmost to give the Fair Milk Initiative, which is now present in seven countries, a multi-dimensional platform. This issue also includes an interview with the organisers. The 'Golden Faironika' for outstanding contribution to sustainable food production was awarded at the event this year as well.

Roberto Cavaliere, President of the Italian association of milk producers (APL) and EMB Executive Committee member

World Milk Day: Fairness in the dairy sector – from cowshed to fridge shelf

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Even in 2018, an appeal on World Milk Day for fairness in the dairy sector is not excessive but is, in fact, the need of the day! After all, fair prices are especially important for us milk producers in the EU as well as for our colleagues on other continents.

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Switzerland: Stop export dumping!

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On Wednesday, 6 June 2018, the Council of States will take an important decision that will determine the future of the Swiss dairy sector. They will decide whether the Swiss dairy sector organisation (BOM) should be obliged to set up a volume regulation system.

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APLI declares 2018 as a pivotal year for milk

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June 1 was World Milk Day. To mark the occasion, citizens in France and around the world were invited to take a 'behind the scenes' look at milk production. This event was also an excellent occasion for us at APLI to introduce French citizens to what goes into our work.

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Towards fair pay

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Coordination Rurale’s (CR) milk producer organisation “Organisation des Producteurs de Lait” (OPL) held its 11th congress in Laval on 17 May. The issue addressed this year was pay, and it was debated by the large number of participants in round tables and speeches.

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Milk imports from Oceania will destroy small-scale dairy farms

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The Federal Government must turn away from this cheap export-import strategy. The AbL calls for a quality offensive.

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EMB milk price comparison

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Another big minus on the milk price records – This is the only way to describe the results of the latest EMB milk price comparison. This comparison now includes milk prices reported by dairy farmers supplying to 21 European dairies in the seven most important milk producing countries. In the last four months up to April 2018, milk producers across the board had to absorb further significant price cuts.

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Interview: "Fair milk to guarantee viable prices"

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Interview with Jean-Luc Pruvot, milk producer in Aisne, President of FaireFrance and one of the organisers of the Fair Milk Conference held on 14 June in Lille.

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Important political meetings of the European Milk Board

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In recent weeks, the EMB Executive Committee has exchanged views on current dairy policy issues on various occasions:

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