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Parliamentary questions
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6 May 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Silvia Sardone
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Inadequacy of measures to support the dairy sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The crisis measures for farmers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been received extremely critically by the main organisations representing the milk sector; these include the European Milk Board (an umbrella body for organisations from no fewer than 15 countries), which considers the instruments to support the dairy sector now to be ‘outdated’.

In view of the high costs of implementing the measures currently in force, such as the storage of milk powder and private intervention with regard to it, and in the light of the criticisms received, can the Commission answer the following question:

Has it considered the possibility of implementing a plan based on voluntary cuts in milk production at Community level, combined with top-up payments for the milk not produced, along the lines of the similar intervention in 2016, which produced very good market outcomes?

Original language of question: IT
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