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Parliamentary questions
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29 July 2018
Question for written answer E-004188-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Miguel Viegas (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Export of European milk powder to Africa
 Answer in writing 

Multibillion-euro dairy multinationals from the EU are currently investing heavily in West Africa, putting local production there at risk. They have nearly tripled their exports to the region over the last five years, capitalising on the significant drop in milk prices that followed the end of milk quotas. With prices at historically low levels, EU dairy companies set out to conquer new markets in order to get rid of the European milk surplus.

Industry giants like Danone, Arla and FrieslandCampina have built milk reconstitution plants in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria, where the reconstituted milk is then re-exported to neighbouring countries. A number of experts warn that this recent milk deluge will stifle the local industry, creating unemployment and further increasing migration flows to Europe.

What is the Commission’s view on this situation and what action will it take to counter its effects? How will the Commission help to develop local dairy production in West Africa — through the European Development Fund or through the partnership agreement between the EU and West Africa?

Original language of question: PT 
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