Hogan can’t understand why EU dairy farmers are protesting
European Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan has expressed his bemusement at a protest by dairy farmers outside EU buildings in Brussels this week.
Hogan said there has been a 25pc increase in milk prices and stated that average increase in some countries has been as high as 40 or 50pc.
“The average EU milk price is now as high as it was in January 2015.
However, Hogan did acknowledge the fragility of the market. I am not at all complacent in relation to these increases in prices and we continue to monitor the situation,” the Commissioner said.
The European Milk Board staged the protest in Brussels due to the Commission’s decision to begin to sell-off some of its stocks of publicly owned milk powder. A decision which they believe will have a negative effect on milk prices.
It says market intervention does not solve any problem on the market, but rather serves as an instrument to prolong this lasting crisis.
However, Hogan said the Commission intends to be prudent about putting skimmed milk powder on the market
“As you can see over the last three tenders we have rejected two of them on the basis that the price was insufficient.