Quotas to go but opposition growing
MEPs and Commission officials insisted there would be no rowing back on the decision to abandon milk quotas from 2015, despite growing opposition to the move in some quarters in Brussels.
A number of leading members of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development maintained that the position on milk quotas would not be reviewed.
"There is absolute support for the abolition of milk quotas from 2015," said Scottish MEP George Lyon.
Mr Lyon was speaking at a special briefing in Brussels last week for journalists from across the EU.
This view was shared by the British eurosceptic MEP Stuart Agnew, who told the briefing that milk quotas were "history".
However, French MEP Michel Dantin admitted that support for the Commission's stance on milk quotas had weakened over the last 12 months.
While a majority of the parliament's Agriculture Committee had supported the scrapping of quotas in three separate votes, he pointed out that the margin was down to a single vote on the last occasion.