Agriculture and rural development

Agricultural Markets Task Force: Meetings

Agricultural Markets Task Force: Meetings

Agricultural Markets Task Force
Agricultural Markets Task Force: Meetings

The Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) met between January and November 2016 to discuss issues such as market transparency, risk management or contractual relations between farmers and other actors in the food supply chain.

In order to ensure a broad examination of the topics discussed in the meetings, the AMTF invited interested parties to send their input. The final report of the AMTF was presented in November 2016.


1st meeting (13 January 2016)


2nd meeting: Market Transparency (8 March 2016)


3rd meeting: futures markets, European Fund for Strategic Investments and Financial Instruments (12 April 2016)


4th meeting: Contractualisation and Contractual Relations between farmers and other actors in the food supply chain (24 May 2016)


5th meeting: Collective self-help tools and the EU regulatory environment (28 June 2016)


6th meeting: Climate change – challenges and opportunities for farmers (15 September 2016)


High Level Meeting on milk between high level representatives of the Member States and the Agricultural Markets Task Force (16 September 2016)

The end of the milk quota system in 2015 has created a new context for economic operators. It coincided with a significant world market imbalance in the wake of the Russian import ban and less dynamic world demand growth.

Having witnessed historically high prices by the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, the milk sector entered a phase of market turbulences that lasted throughout 2015 and the first half of 2016.

In its conclusions of 14 March 2016 on the market situation and proposed measures, the Council Presidency urged the Commission to "convene, in a High Level format, Member States' representatives to meet with the Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) to consider structural issues in the dairy sector and put forward appropriate recommendations".

This meeting is co-chaired by the Slovak Presidency and the European Commission's Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development.

To focus discussions and allow for conclusions to emerge from the meeting, a short questionnaire was circulated prior to the meeting.

  • Introductory statement by the European Commission, Director General Jerzy Plewa


7th meeting: Risk management (4 October 2016)