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ECVC Milk Action at European Commission

5 May 2009

Representatives of the European Coordination Via Campesina delivered 300 litres of milk to the workplace of EU Commissioner for Agriculture Fischer Boel yesterday, demanding that the current policy of quota increases for milk production be scrapped.

Representatives of the European Coordination Via Campesina from France (Confédération Paysanne), Belgium (FUGEA) and Spain delivered 300 litres of milk to the workplace of EU Commissioner for Agriculture Fischer Boel yesterday, demanding that the current policy of quota increases for milk production be scrapped. They were accompanied by members of the International Peasant movement La Via Campesina from Korea and Haiti, who decried the reinstatement of export refunds in the EU. The farmers also delivered a list of seven measures which they believe must be taken in order to prevent a social and rural disaster. Their demands include measures for supply management, ensuring fair prices for producers and better distribution of production. ECVC representatives met directly with Mrs. Fischer Boel outside the EU Commission, and then met Mr Daniele Bianchi, the member of her Cabinet responsible for Common Agricultural Policy and Milk production. “There is an urgent need for market regulation” explained Javier Sanchez of COAG and member of the Coordinating Committee of ECVC .“For peasants both in Europe and in the global south, the EU urgently needs to reform its policy on milk production, eliminating export refunds and ensuring fair and stable prices for producers in the EU”. The commissioner is due to receive similar packages of milk sent from Galicia, Portugal and France this week.

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