The task force explained
The growing integration of the European agri-food sector in global markets has created important trading opportunities, but it has also caused greater exposure to market imperfections and increased price volatility. To try to counteract these negative effects the European Commission set up an expert group called the agriculture markets task force.
The task force discussed a number of issues with a view to strengthen the position of farmers in the agricultural food chain. The final report of the task force, including specific policy recommendations, was presented on the 14th of November 2016.
The task force consisted of 12 members and met regularly between January and November 2016. During its work, the task force also called on relevant external experts and accepted contributions from third parties.
The task force made a number of policy recommendations some of them adopted by the EU Commission as part of its policy agenda. These included increased market transparency, a ban on unfair trading practices and further changes to competition rules which allow farmers to work together in producer organisations.
Task force members
Cees P. Veerman (Chairman)
Professor of sustainable European-oriented rural development at University of Tilburg and Wageningen University
Titular professor, Faculty of Food Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn; president of the Dairy Industry Innovation Institute
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Secretary-General of the Carrefour Group
Coordinator of the dairy sector of Alleanza Cooperative Italiane
Group Chief Executive of United Dairy Farmers
President of Wageningen University and Research Centre
Retired Chief Executive of the Board of the meat cooperative Westfleisch SCE
Independent commodity markets adviser
General Director of the Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI) in Budapest
Anne Laure Paumier
Member of COPA-COGECA cereals expert group; Deputy Head of Coop de France (consultant on grain market and risk management)
Commercial relations expert at the Slovak Chamber of Agriculture and Food; Member of the European Economic and Social Committee
Esther Valverde Cabrero
Deputy Director-General for Food Supply Chain Structure, Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment
Meetings of the task force
- January 2016
- March 2016
- April 2016
- May 2016
Contractualisation and contractual relations between farmers and other actors in the food supply chain meeting
- June 2016
- September 2016
- September 2016