Milk Delivery Strikes Stop

EU - The European milk strikes appear to have had some effect, as political confirmation at national and European levels has paused the milk delivery stops.
calendar icon 25 September 2009
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President Sarkozy, Chancellor Merkel and President Barroso committed themselves to finding an effective solution for the milk market. However, industry leaders supporting the strikes have said that protests will continue and that if no serious and clear political decisions are made, milk delivery strikes will immediately start again.

A special reunion of the EU-Agricultural ministers concerning the milk price crisis is scheduled for 5 October. In the last two weeks, European dairy farmers have not delivered 500 million litres of milk to the dairies. The dairy market has already reacted, prices on the spot markets increased and some dairies have started to pay higher producer prices. It is expected that the volume reduction undertaken by the dairy farmers in the last 14 days will result in an increase of the producer prices in general.

President of the French ALPI, Pascol Massol reiterated the industry's stand: "The political talks of the upcoming days and weeks have to have serious results. If they do not, the revolution of the farmers will increase and the component delivery stop will be part of it once again."

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