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MILK-NEWS

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Dear dairy farmers, dear interested parties,

Opening the tap to your milk tank and just letting it run empty requires courage. A lot of courage. About ten years ago, thousands of dairy farmers had to find the strength to perform this feat. Because they saw no other way forward. Because they could not envisage any future for their profession and their farms. And because milk is worth something. That is precisely why we decided to stop supplying milk and to pour it away or to spray it away in fields instead.

Dairy farmers in France and Belgium commemorated the milk strikes of 2008 and 2009 with impressive actions in mid-September. Our French colleagues organised a festival to honour the ten-year anniversary of the milk strikes in Normandy. In Ciney, Belgium, where millions of litres of milk were sprayed away in fields in 2009, we dairy farmers decided to strengthen our bond of solidarity yet again. Many colleagues from the neighbouring countries of Germany, Luxembourg, France and the Netherlands drove over in their tractors. We also received support from farmers working in other sectors, who are themselves advocating for a fair agricultural policy. Many young farmers were also present and joined their voices with ours.

I am proud of my colleagues, I am proud of this extraordinary European movement, and I am especially proud of the solidarity between farmers. The milk strikes were an emotional and financial balancing act for us all. It was a fight for fair prices. And it was our farms, our families and our future at stake.

In this edition, you can read about the actions organised to commemorate the milk strikes that were organised ten years ago. I would also like to invite you to the upcoming Fair Milk Conference on 12 October in Libramont, Belgium, where European and African fair milk projects will be presented. The Golden Faironika will be awarded this year as well. She is a very special cow for very special achievements in favour of sustainable milk production.

We also have good news from the Fair Milk family – We are growing! Our Swiss colleagues have launched whole milk and five types of soft cheese under the brand Faireswiss. This brand belongs to farmers and guarantees them the income they deserve. Dear colleagues from Switzerland, welcome to the EMB Fair Milk family – we wish you every success!

On the political front, we have a lot on our plate in the upcoming weeks and months. With a new Commissioner for Agriculture and many new faces in the European Parliament, we have a lot of convincing to do. We are ready!

Erwin Schöpges, President of the European Milk Board

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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What's going on in the European Commission and Parliament?

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Ursula von der Leyen, the future President of the European Commission, wants to restructure the competences of key positions in the Commission. She has also presented a full list of Commissioners-designate. Hearings with all prospective Commissioners are currently taking place at the European Parliament.

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Switzerland: Demonstration for a fair and transparent dairy market in front of the EMMI headquarters

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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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Launch of Faireswiss fair milk products

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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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“Trade in goods may produce wealth, but does not produce solidarity”

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Interview with the economist Frédéric Farah about free trade agreements

Frédéric Farah is Professor of Economic and Social Sciences, a researcher affiliated with the Sorbonne’s Laboratoire PHARE, and lecturer at Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle. Along with Thomas Porcher, he is the author of “TAFTA: l'accord du plus fort“ (TTIP: the agreement of the strongest) and the “Introduction inquiète à la Macron-économie“ (Troubled introduction to the Macron economy). We had the pleasure of asking him a few questions.

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EMB milk price comparison: Little movement in milk prices despite falling milk deliveries

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Even though milk deliveries decreased in many EU-28 countries in recent months, the EMB milk price comparison shows that this has not improved milk-producer prices in any significant way, except in France. Milk prices have not changed much over the last few months.

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Invitation to the 6th International Fair Milk Conference

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Together with the Belgian cooperative Faircoop, the European Milk Board is hosting the 6th International "Fair Milk" Conference. We invite you to join us on Saturday 12 October 2019 in Libramont, Belgium, where producers from Europe and Africa meet to celebrate the fair projects of both continents together.

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