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Policy instruments for the beef and veal sector

The objectives of the EU policy instruments are to structure and safeguard the stability of market prices in the sector, to facilitate the marketing of products and to establish the rules in the trade with third countries, providing stability for the European producers and processors.

Beef and veal belong to the products covered by the Single Common Market Organisation Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)hrvatski (bg)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv), providing market instruments to stabilize the sector when needed:

  • Market monitoring: the EU wide system of carcasses classification, the price reporting and statistic information provide the basis for objective grading of carcasses in slaughterhouses and fair payment to producers - Regulation (EC) No 1249/2008
  • Private Storage aid - Single CMO Regulation
  • Exceptional Market Support Measures - Single CMO Regulation


Every week Member States notify their representative prices to the Commission.

>> Weekly prices

The trends, developments and expectations of the market for beef and veal can be found in the Commission’s short term and mid-term reports.

>> Market reports

At the monthly Management Committee on Agricultural Markets the Commission presents the market situation of the beef and veal sector.

>> Market situation

General prospects of the beef and veal market are available in the Commission’s short term and mid-term reports.

>> Market reports


Rules on contractual negotiations in the beef and veal sector

Article 170 of the reformed Common Market Organization in agricultural products (Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013) provide certain rules and certain limits to the capacity of producers' organisations to negotiate supply contracts of live cattle on behalf of their members. For its implementation the Commission publishes periodically the figures of beef and veal production in member States expressed in carcass weight equivalent for animals aged less than 12 months and for animals aged from 12 months and older.

>> Figures of beef and veal production in member States


Rules on Trade with Third Countries

The imports are organized by a system of quotas. Quotas may be erga omnes or country allocated. The management of the quotas may be a first come/first served system or regulated by a system of licenses.

The use of each quota is available on the Commission's website.

>> Tariff quota database


Import quota




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