European agricultural markets develop in a global world, bringing trade opportunities but also greater market instability and increased price volatility. With a view to improve the position of farmers in the food chain, the European Commission has set up the Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) to elaborate recommendations for policy and legislative initiatives. Building on the recommendations set out in the final AMTF report of November 2016, in 2017 the European Commission launched an inception impact assessment and a public consultation on the improvement of the food supply chain.
In January 2016 the European Commission set up an expert group of 12 members called the "Agricultural Markets Task Force". The experts in food chain aspects discussed 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 final report of the task force, which includes a number of concrete recommendations for policy and legislative initiatives, was presented to Commissioner Hogan on 14 November 2016.
Composition, meetings and working methods
The 12 members of the Agricultural Market Task Force were selected following a call for applications. The AMTF met between January and November 2016 , in line with its working methods.
External experts contributed with presentations on given themes, followed by discussion within the AMTF. Other EU institutions provided additional input as well as a range of contributions from other parties such as farmers' association or ministries from EU countries.
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