Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF)
With greater market orientation of EU policies and increasing trade liberalisation in recent years, the EU agriculture sector is no longer shielded from global developments in the food supply chain. The participation of the European agri-food sector in global markets has created important trading opportunities, but also exposed it to greater market instability and increased price volatility.
In this context the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development has set up a new expert group called the "Agricultural Markets Task Force".
The mandate for the Task Force is to discuss relevant issues, such as market transparency, access for farmers to financial instruments and futures markets to hedge price risks, options for arranging contractual relations within the chain and legal possibilities for organising farmers' collective actions. All of this with a view to improving the position of farmers in the food chain.
The Task Force consists of 12 members, all of whom are experienced experts on one or more aspects of the food chain.
The Task Force will meet regularly and as often as necessary between January and autumn 2016 to complete its work.
The Task Force may call on relevant external experts to appear at the different sessions for given themes, which will be followed by discussion within the Task Force itself. Input from representatives from the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission will also be welcomed.
A short description of each meeting will be published on this webpage.
The Task Force will present a final report with its findings in the autumn of 2016, which may include concrete recommendations for policy and legislative initiatives.
CALL FOR CONCRETE IDEAS
Above and beyond input sought on specific topics for discussion, the Task Force is interested in concrete proposals and ideas of stakeholders in regard of the Task Force's general assignment, that is to say the functioning of agricultural markets and the farmers' position in the food supply chain.
To this end, the Task Force should like to encourage any such concrete proposals and ideas to be sent, by 30 July 2016, to the following email address: AGRI-MARKETS-TASK-FORCE@ec.europa.eu (subject line "AMTF - concrete ideas").
The Task Force will not be able to react to the contributions individually but will read them with great interest and take them into account in its deliberations which will lead up to its final report.