flag de flag gb flag fr
Legal notice     European Milk Board ASBL | Rue de la Loi 155 | B-1040 Bruxelles

News Details

PDF-Icon Icon-Print

19.07.2018

Study shows success of the EU volume reduction scheme announced 2 years ago

(Brussels, 19.07.2018) Two years ago – on 18 July 2016 – European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan announced the EU volume reduction scheme for the dairy market. The measure was a great success and showed that even small reductions have a major effect on producer prices.

A study by A. Fink-Keßler and A. Trouvé examined the EU volume reduction scheme. Here are the main findings of the study:

  • The voluntary volume reduction scheme was a great success: with a small reduction in production, a great price effect was achieved;
  • Direct effect on milk prices: prices increased from 25.68 cents/kg (07/2016) to 34.16 cents/kg (07/2017);
  • 48,200 milk producers from 27 EU Member States took part (approx. 3% of all European dairy farms);
  • Reduced volume: 833,551 t (approx. 2% of the milk volume of the same period in the previous year);
  • The 4 largest milk-producing countries showed the highest participation in the programme: Germany (232,300 tonnes), France (152,732 tonnes) and the United Kingdom (90,814 tonnes). Together, these three countries account for 57% of the total reduction volume. The Netherlands reduced by 56,117 tonnes;
  • Ireland had the highest percentage of participating farms (21%) and reduction volume (4%).

Background: The EU milk volume reduction scheme ran from October 2016 to January 2017. Farmers were given the opportunity to voluntarily reduce their production volume in exchange of a compensation (14 cents per kilogram of reduced milk compared to the same 3-months period of the previous year).

The programme has marked a turning point in Europe's milk policy. With the volume reduction programme, the European Commission has finally provided dairy farmers with an efficient instrument. It is now important that a crisis instrument is firmly anchored in the new CAP so that production volumes can be adjusted in times of crisis, as provided for in the EMB Market Responsibility Programme.

 

Analysis of the EU volume reduction programme 2016/17

Here you can watch a short video on the study

Press release of the European Commission "Final figures reflect success of EU milk production reduction scheme" (5 July 2017)


Contact:

EMB director Silvia Däberitz (EN, DE, FR): +32 (0)2 808 1936


More News

15.11.2019

Dairy farmers from all over Europe calling for an effective crisis instrument!

Discussions about dairy sector at international conference in Montichiari

05.11.2019

Newsletter November online!

October was an eventful month for the European dairy sector, but also for Europe as a whole Read more

15.10.2019

Gap between production costs and milk prices in Germany is widening

(Brussels, 15.10.2019) 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. Production costs amounted to 44.28 ct/kg in July; however, producers only...

12.10.2019

International Fair Milk Conference: From Europe to Africa

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

08.10.2019

6th International Fair Milk Conference on 12 October in Libramont, Belgium

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.  The...

02.10.2019

Newsletter October online!

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. Read more

16.09.2019

European milk strikes: Millions of litres & thousands of tractors

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

Displaying results
<< First < Previous 1-7 8-14 15-21 22-28 29-35 36-42 43-49 Next > Last >>