26 Mar 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 26 MARCHBrussels Daily
The end of milk quotas: unlocking the economic potential of the EU dairy sector
The EU milk quota regime will end on 31 March 2015. First introduced in 1984, at a time when EU production far outstripped demand, the quota regime was one of the tools introduced to overcome these structural surpluses. The final date to end quotas was first decided in 2003 and reconfirmed in 2008 with a range of measures aimed at achieving a “soft landing”. Ending milk quotas will provide EU producers with more flexibility to respond to growing demand, especially on the world market. Successive reforms of the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy have in parallel provided a range of other, more targeted instruments to help support producers. Speaking today at a press conference on the subject, Commissioner Hogan stated: “The end of the milk quota regime is both a challenge and an opportunity for the Union. It is a challenge because an entire generation of dairy farmers will have to live under completely new circumstances and volatility will surely accompany them along the road. But it certainly is an opportunity in terms of growth and jobs. Through increased focus on valued added products as well as on ingredients for “functional” food, the dairy sector has the potential of being an economic driver for the EU. More vulnerable areas where the end of the quota system may be regarded as a threat can benefit from the pallet of rural development measures following the subsidiarity principle.” More details, including Frequently Asked Questions, explicative graphs, market reports, and audio-visual material (including archived photos and footage) are available online. Read the press release.
Maritime stakeholders confirm joint efforts for Blue Growth in Baltic Sea Region
A stakeholder-driven, cross-Baltic joined effort for Blue Growth that could bring more jobs and innovation in the region. This is the main goal of the conference of Maritime Stakeholders Platform in the Baltic Sea Region in Kiel today, which brings together all key maritime stakeholders from business, academia and the public sector across the Baltic Sea region to discuss smart specialisation, maritime technologies and skills and employment. The conference represents the first step of the European Commission’s “Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region” adopted in May 2014. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said at the opening of the Conference: “The Baltic Sea area is a hotbed of technological development and progressive thinking. In sectors such as offshore wind, cruise tourism and aquaculture the region has seen annual growth rates of over 10% in recent years. I am proud to be part of an event that aims to promote stronger cross-regional cooperation between maritime technology innovators and operators“. The speech will be available on Commissioner Vella‘s website.
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