COPA seeks pig support
Urgent measures to help embattled pig producers have been sought by the European farmers' representative body, Copa-Cogeca.
In a high-level meeting with the Hungarian presidency, Cogeca president Paolo Bruni called for action to help improve the long-term viability of the EU pigmeat sector.
The move came as EU farm ministers discussed conclusions from the Enlarged Advisory Group on Pigmeat.
Speaking to Hungarian farm minister Sandor Fazekas, Mr Bruni called for a change to European competition rules to allow stronger producer organisations, such as cooperatives, to enable farmers to reduce production costs and increase the value of their production.
"European competition rules need to be adjusted to enable producer organisations, like cooperatives, to grow in size and scale, contributing to a better balanced food chain," Mr Bruni said. "Furthermore, the ban on processed animal proteins for non-ruminants must also be lifted immediately."