31 Mar 2015
MILK QUOTAS END TODAY – 31 MARCHBrussels Daily
The end of milk quotas
On 31 March 2015 the EU milk quota regime comes to an end. On this page you will find a selection of relevant information around this event.
- Press conference on “A new CAP for more growth: the end of milk quotas”:
- The EU milk sector prepares for the end of milk quotas (press release)
- Milk quota expiry and market prospects for the dairy sector [942 KB] (slide show)
First introduced in 1984 at a time when EU production far outstripped demand, the milk quota regime was one of the tools introduced for overcoming these structural surpluses.
Successive reforms of the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy have increased the market-orientation of the sector and, in parallel, provided a range of other, more targeted instruments to help support producers in vulnerable areas, such as mountain areas where the costs of production are higher.
The final date to end quotas was first decided in 2003 in order to provide EU producers with more flexibility to respond to growing demand, especially on the world market.
It was reconfirmed in 2008 with a range of measures aimed at achieving a “soft landing”.
Even with quotas, EU dairy exports have increased by 45% in volume and 95% in value in the last 5 years.
Market projections indicate that the prospects for further growth remain strong – in particular for added-value products, such as cheese, but also for ingredients used in nutritional, sports and dietary products.