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High Level Expert Group on Milk

On 5 October 2009, in light of the difficult market situation for milk, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, decided to establish a High Level Expert Group on Milk (HLG) with the purpose of discussing mid-term and long-term arrangements for the dairy sector given the expiry of dairy quotas on 1 April 2015. While respecting the outcome of the Health Check, the HLG should work on a regulatory framework to be put in place, which can contribute to stabilizing the market and producers' income and enhance transparency on the market.

The HLG, composed by representatives of all EU the Member States, has been chaired by the Director-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. 10 meetings were held from October 2009 until June 2010. An observer from the European Parliament's secretariat also participated at the meetings. The HLG invited major European stakeholder groups in the dairy supply chain to provide oral and written input into the discussions on the issues below (COPA-COGECA, European Milk Board, European Coordination Via Campesina (all three representing farmers), EDA (dairy processors), EUCOLAIT (dairy traders), EUROCOMMERCE (retailers) and the BEUC (consumers)). Furthermore, the HLG received valuable contributions from invited academic experts, 3rd country representatives (USA, New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland), DG COMP, National Competition Authorities and DG AGRI regarding some specific issues.

A major dairy stakeholder Conference was held on 26 March 2010 allowing a larger number of actors in the chain to express their positions.                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

The following issues were addressed by the High Level Expert Group:

Block 1

 

- Contractual relations between milk producers and dairies to better balance supply and demand on
   the dairy market
- What can be done to strengthen the bargaining power of milk producers
- Transparency for the benefit of milk producers, dairy industry and consumers
Block 2 - Are the existing market instruments appropriate.
- A futures market in dairy
Block 3 - Information on market and products (quality and labelling issues)
Block 4 - Innovation and research with a view to render the sector more competitive.

The HLG adopted it's report on the 15th June 2010.


Available documents

A) Report of the High Level Expert Group on Milk [pdf]

  • Summary of the Recommendations of the High Level Group on Milk in all EU languages: bgcsdadeetelesfritlvlthumtnlplptroskslfisv


B) Stakeholders: position papers and presentations

Stakeholder Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 + 4 Conference
COPA-Cogeca [pdf], [pdf], [pdf] [pdf], [pdf], [pdf fr] [pdf]

EMB

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ECVCampesina [pdf], [pdf] [pdf], [pdf fr], [pdf] [pdf fr] [pdf]

EDA

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Eucolait [pdf] [pdf], [pdf] [pdf], [pdf] [pdf]
Eurocommerce [pdf] [pdf], [pdf] [pdf] [pdf]
BEUC [pdf], [pdf]     [pdf]


C) Academic experts: papers and presentations

Experts on 08/12/2009 Block 1 + 2
Mrs. Burrel [pdf], [pdf]
Mr. RĂ©quillart [pdf], [pdf]
Mr. Szajner [pdf], [pdf]
Mr. Theuvsen [pdf], [pdf]

Expert on 12/01/2010 Block 2 (Futures market in dairy)
Mr. Pennings [pdf]


D) Third countries: papers and presentations on 12/01/2010

Third country Block 1 and 2
Switzerland [pdf], [pdf]
Australia [pdf], [pdf]
New Zealand [pdf], [pdf], [pdf], [pdf]
United States of America [pdf]

 

E) European Commission:  papers and presentations

"A better functioning food supply chain in Europe" [pdf]

"Synthesis of Member States contributions on Contractual relations between milk producers and dairies" (DG Agri 8/12) [pdf], [pdf]

"Competition in the Milk supply chain" (DG Comp 8/12) [pdf]

"Synopsis of Member States' National Competition Authorities (N.C.A.) contributions on the Milk supply chain" (DG Comp and N.C.A. 8/12 ) [pdf]

"How EU competition policy helps dairy farmers in Europe" (DG Comp 23/02) [pdf]

"The interface between EU competition policy and the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP): competition rules applicable to cooperation agreements between farmers in the dairy sector" (DG Comp 23/02) [pdf]

"EU competition policy in the dairy sector" (DG Comp and N.C.A. 23/2) [pdf], [pdf]

 

F) Meeting agendas and summaries

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G) Press releases

1st meeting (14/10/2009) Also available in bgcsdadeetelesfritlvlthumtnlplptroskslfisv

High Level Group to look at long-term future of dairy sector (05/10/2009) Also available in bgcsdadeetelesfritlvlthumtnlplptroskslfisv

High Level Group makes 7 recommendations for EU dairy sector (15/06/2010) Also available in bgcsdadeetelesfritlvlthumtnlplptroskslfisv

 

 

 

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