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Dairy crisis: call to demonstrate on October 5th

1 October 2009

The European Coordination Via Campesina,in association with EMB, MIG, FUGEA calls upon producers to demonstrate on October 5th in Brussels and in the Member States of the EU, whereas the EU Agriculture Council meets in Brussels .

Dairy crisisThe European Coordination Via Campesina, in association with EMB, MIG, FUGEA (1) calls upon producers to demonstrate on October 5th in Brussels (2) and in the Member States of the EU, whereas the EU Agriculture Council meets in Brussels (3). Milk producers, who have been expressing their anger and their distress from months, were not heard yet. Till now the EU has refused to call into question the dairy policy decided in 2003 and 2008, who chose to deregulate the production and to increase the quotas to make them disappear more easily in 2015. If the Council of October 5th does not urge a reorientation of the dairy policy to adapt the production to the demand and to guarantee the regulation of production and market, the sustainable family dairy production will disappear from the European Union. Millions ha of meadows is likely to be abandoned, whereas they must play a big role vis-a-vis the climatic, energy, and biodiversity challenges, and whereas they contribute in an important way to rural development and to the quality and diversity of food products. To finance the disappearance of small and average dairy farms, as the European Commission proposes, will not decrease the production but only concentrate it in farms unable to answer the challenges referred above. It is a public scandal to use the money of taxpayers on this way whereas employment is a major problem in the EU. In the short run, the European Coordination Via Campesina requires the Ministers on October 5: - to lower the European production with the percentage necessary to adapt it to the current demand: it is a question of making milk prices go up as quickly as possible - to apply this fall proportionally to the volume produced, small-scale farms being exempted. - to apply in all Member States the individual superlevy in the event of individual exceeding quota - to remove the export refunds, by using the same funds for a differentiated support for the income of dairy farms. The social, rural and environmental challenges of the dairy crisis also have to be answered. “Who produces, how, and where” are questions just as important as “how much is produced”. The milk production should be better distributed between countries, regions,producers. (1) European Milk Board, MIG (Wallonia, member of EMB), FUGEA (Wallonia, member of ECVC) (2) The demonstration will take place at noon at Rond Point Schuman (3) See our press release on Sept. 24th concerning the declaration of 20 Member StatesContacts in Brussels on 5 October : René Louail (FR) + 33 6 7284 8792 Gérard Choplin , ECVC office (FR/EN/DE) +32473257378

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