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

09.08.2017

Belgium criticises French project in the dairy sector

It is very understandable that some EU Member States search for their own ways of overcoming a deadlock if the EU lacks to put into place stabilising policy measures.

For instance, last year, France introduced an obligation for processors to label milk and dairy products so that consumers would know in which country the milk they buy has been produced and processed. Following this initiative, Belgian minister of Agriculture Willy Borsus complained, referring to the consequences of the measure for his country. According to the Belgian minister, trade with milk between Belgium and France has dropped by 17 percent since the introduction of the new labelling requirements and contracts for the sale of milk and milk products are now rarely renewed. His French homologue, Stéphane Travert, defended the labelling requirement as a measure increasing transparency for consumers and rejects his Belgian neighbour's criticism. According to Travert, the project has been running for a few months only and it is thus difficult to already have reliable data on its possible effects.

The conflict between the two countries clearly shows the importance of solving the problem in the dairy sector with stabilising policies on EU level. As a matter of fact, crises such as the ones the dairy sector has undergone repeatedly in the past years create negative tensions between EU Member States. Efficient crisis instruments on EU level would thus not only stabilise the milk market, but also play an important role in generally strengthening cohesion in the EU.

Silvia Däberitz, EMB director


More News

16.10.2017

Current costs of milk production in Germany: 41 cents/kg

Costs still not covered despite lower production costs

10.10.2017

Stripped to the bone - higher butter prices do not end misery in the dairy sector

Invitation to a press conference and demonstration on 26.10.2017 in Brussels

06.10.2017

Newsletter October online!

Right now and as an Irish and European farmer, I am constantly reminded of the old Chinese blessing/curse: ‘May you live in interesting times’. Read more

25.09.2017

EMB job advert: 75 % - Stelle Office Management / Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Wir suchen eine Person zur Verstärkung unseres Teams und freuen uns über Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung.   Zu Ihren Aufgaben gehören: -       Kommunikation mit den Mitgliedsorganisationen sowie politischen Institutionen und der Presse / Koordination von...

08.09.2017

Newsletter September online!

Prices are rising, dairy farmers are back on track - This is the tone of articles currently doing the rounds in the European press. Read more

02.09.2017

Belgian farm-gate milk price covers only 65 percent of production costs

(Brussels/Battice, 02.09.2017): A recent cost study shows that the costs of milk production in Belgium in 2016 were 41.37 cents/kg. As the farm-gate prices for milk were only 26.70 cents, this means only 65% of production costs were covered in 2016. The study, jointly commissioned by the European Milk Board (EMB) and the...

31.08.2017

European Milk Board (EMB) presents food-for-thought paper on CAP reform

Paper contains important proposals for Ministers of Agriculture meeting in Tallinn

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