The fourth and final meeting of the EU sheepmeat forum took place in Brussels on October 13, with the members of the group agreeing on range of policy recommendations as potential responses to the problems and opportunities that the sector faces. Established last year on the initiative of Commissioner Phil Hogan, the Forum has brought together representatives from the different parts of the chain – production, processing, trading - in order to discuss the current and future challenges of the EU sheepmeat sector.
Addressing the closing meeting, Commissioner Hogan confirmed: "The Commission will evaluate the Forum's recommendations and will also inform Ministers in the Council on the outcome of the Forum, as there is clearly more that can be done at Member State level. The various players in the private sector can also play a greater role. In order to facilitate market monitoring, a newly established sheepmeat dashboard is online from today, and it will be regularly updated whenever new market data is available. I agree with you that sheepmeat deserves special attention within our promotion policy."
Chaired by John Bryan (former president of the Irish Farmers Association), the Forum has held four 1-day conferences between November 2015 and October 2016, calling on experts in order to discuss different areas of policy – promotion, trade policy, consumer affairs, environmental and social issues, as well as technology and innovation.
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