EC Declines Polish Request on Milk Pricing

EU - At the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Luxemburg last week, the Polish delegation briefed the ministers of the European Commission (EC) on the consequences of the current situation for the market in milk and dairy products.
calendar icon 2 May 2012
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Several member states supported the Polish request to the Commission for market measures to respond to the decreasing prices in the milk and dairy market.

Since the beginning of 2012, a drop in the demand for dairy products on world markets has led to a significant decrease in market prices for these products between January 2012 and April 2012 in Poland. Domestic demand for dairy products has been unable to absorb the developing surpluses, which means that stocks of dairy products in Poland are growing.

Poland considered that the current intervention price was too low for changing production conditions, which could impede the efficiency of intervention. Poland asked the Commission to adopt measures as soon as possible such as reintroducing export refunds and, in the longer term, to increase intervention prices for butter and skimmed milk powder.

The Commission was closely following the evolution of the milk market and was aware of the current situation. It declared itself ready to activate appropriate measures when it considered that there was a need, which was not the case now.

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