France to put pressure on Phil Hogan to cut EU milk production

Elisabeth Fosso - 19/02/16

 

Mr Hogan agreed to go to Paris on February 25 to meet French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll, to hear French proposals.

 

 On Monday, Mr Hogan acknowledged a shared understanding in the EU Council of Ministers that there is a crisis in a number of sectors, notably dairy and pigmeat. He said he is not happy with the current situation of farmers, and it requires an EU-wide response.

 

 Mr Le Foll presented proposals to regulate oversupply in the milk and pigmeat sectors, but the European Commission asked him to come back with new proposals. Mr Le Foll pledged to work on new solutions and “convince all our partners and the commission to make proposals.”

 

 However, the Irish dairy industry will oppose any re-introduction of quotas “by the backdoor”, if that emerges from talks.

 

 Meanwhile, Mr Hogan said any crisis aid for farmers has to be consistent with the CAP legal framework, be within the constraints of the EU budget, and be broadly supported by member states.


 

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