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MILK-NEWS

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Dear dairy farmers, dear interested parties,

October was an eventful month for the European dairy sector, but also for Europe as a whole. Brussels saw very intense debates on the new European Commission and Brexit.

A no-deal Brexit by the end of October was averted for the time being, with the prospect of an extension and a potential new deal between the British government and the EU. Nonetheless, uncertainty for farmers remains as heads of state and government are sitting out the Brexit problem and have only postponed it until the beginning of 2020. In the meantime, the new European Commission is taking shape with most of its Commissioners being confirmed. However, three Commissioner positions still need to be filled, which will delay the handover between the outgoing and incoming Commission by at least a month until December.

The 6th International Fair Milk Conference brought together the dairy farming community on October 12 in Libramont, Belgium. The Belgian Fair Milk Fairebel celebrated its tenth anniversary on this occasion. During the conference, European and African Fair Milk countries presented their achievements and plans for the future. In addition to Burkina Faso as Fair Milk country, representatives from four other African States also took part in the event. To mark its work to promote cooperation between the EU and Africa, the EMB interviewed Member of European Parliament Maria Arena who is part of the delegations with Africa and the ACP countries. It is the first in a series of interviews that the EMB will conduct with Members of the European Parliament.

Our newsletter also provides information on national dairy markets and political developments in several European countries. In Ireland, farmers rejected the new 2020 Government Budget that ignores the imminent effects of a hard or no-deal Brexit on the sector. Latvia presents its latest dairy sector figures, where production volumes are stable, but the number of cows and herds is declining, and milk prices continue to be low. The EMB also reports on the latest figures for the German dairy sector, where prices only cover 77% of production costs.

I wish you a pleasant reading of the November issue of the EMB newsletter.

 

Pat McCormack, President of the Irish Creamery Milk Supplier Association (ICMSA) and EMB Board Member

International Fair Milk Conference: From Europe to Africa

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

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What will the future European Commission look like?

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The European Parliament has confirmed most future EU Commissioners but rejected three designates. This will delay the inauguration of the new European Commission until at least December.

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Interview with MEP Maria Arena

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The European Milk Board had the pleasure to ask some questions to MEP Maria Arena on 17 October about EU-Africa relations and their impact on farmers from both continents.

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Fair Milk in Switzerland

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The European Milk Board (EMB) and Fair Milk have been inextricably linked since the foundation of our association. On the one hand, there is Fair Milk as a political message. At demonstrations or meetings with policy-makers, we repeatedly stress the goal of a cost-covering milk price including a fair income for the producer. And then, of course, there is the farmers' Fair Milk available in local stores in seven European countries and one African State.

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France : criticism of "Egalim" law

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The law on the balance of trade relations in the agricultural and food sector and healthy, sustainable and accessible food for all (the "Egalim" law) was passed on 2 October 2018. A year later, it has left a bitter taste in the mouths of producers. Problematic practices further down the supply chain, by supermarkets in particular, have not changed. 

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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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Gap between production costs and milk prices in Germany is widening

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The quarterly cost figures for Germany are available and show that only 77% of production costs were covered in July 2019. Even though production costs fell slightly in July, the farm-gate milk price also fell to below 34 cents.

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Situation of the Latvian dairy sector

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The Latvian Agricultural Organisation Cooperation Council reported a small increase in milk production and a considerable decrease in the number of cows and herds.

 

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Irish farmers criticise the 2020 Government Budget

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The Budget for 2020 lays out expenditure, revenue, taxation and financial projections for the coming year. It is already apparent that the 2020 Budget is a profound disappointment to the agri-sector in general, and farmers in particular, with no sense of urgency around the multiple threats facing Irish farming.

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