Dairy UK Demand Equitable Treatment From CAP18 February 2013
EU – Budgetary agreements and EU reforms must be ‘common’ to member states, British dairy representative, Dairy UK has demanded.
Members of the European Parliament are using flexibility to reach agreement across member states, Dairy UK has said. It is expected that more flexibility will be added as CAP agreements reach conclusion.
Whilst accepting that flexibility is to be welcomed regarding greening measures, too much destructs the level playing field across Europe, said Dairy UK Policy Director Peter Dawson.
“We need a commitment from the Government that, when it comes to implementation, it will ensure that UK milk producers are treated equitably compared to their EU counterparts. The competitiveness of our dairy farmers must not be unduly compromised,” urged Mr Dawson.
“If the Government wants an expanding and dynamic industry, then it cannot ignore the role of direct payments in influencing farmer confidence to invest in the UK or elsewhere in Europe.”
Mr Dawson concluded that post quota dairy landscape will be heavily determined by direct payments policy.
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