|The Agriculture Committee will debate with Commissioner Phil Hogan late on Tuesday afternoon the current crisis on agricultural markets, especially in the dairy and meat sectors, and ways to tackle it. Falling prices have affected farmers in many member states, exacerbating the effects the prolonged Russian embargo on food imports from the EU.
“The situation on agricultural markets, especially on the milk and meat ones, has deteriorated even further over the summer. In spite of our calls on the Commission and member states to provide immediate relief to our farmers, the response of EU’s executive has been quite limited so far,” says the chair of the Parliament’s Agriculture Committee Czesław Adam Siekierski (EPP, PL).
“Therefore, we will be meeting Commissioner Hogan on Tuesday in Strasbourg, the day after the extraordinary Agriculture Council in Brussels, to discuss how we can work together to ensure that our farmers would not be left alone in this situation. I am looking forward to this debate hoping that Commissioner Hogan will listen carefully to what MEPs have to say and that we will agree that further urgent and targeted actions, including updating our intervention prices to better reflect real production costs and real market prices, are more than necessary,” he adds.
“Furthermore, we need to look on how we can stabilise our agricultural markets in the long-term. We need a more responsive safety net and new market instruments that would help to tackle price volatility and market instability. During the upcoming review of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), we should look on ways to update and expand crisis-related market measures. Parliament’s proposals, put on the table during the last CAP reform, should be looked into again,” the Agriculture Committee chair concludes.
Committee meeting: When and where
The extraordinary Agriculture Committee meeting will take place in Strasbourg on Tuesday, 8 September, from 17.00 to 19.00 in the room Winston Churchill (WIC) 200. The meeting will be webstreamed.
Check the agenda of the meeting and meeting documents