EDA issues update on ‘Covid-19 – EU Dairy Situation’

Following a pan-union dairy call on the morning of 19 March 2020, the EDA has issued an update which has been circulated to the European Commission (DG AGRI) and Agricultural Counsellors of the EU Member States and the UK, on the ‘Covid-19 – EU Dairy Situation’.

In preparation for the meeting of the Council of Agricultural Ministers on Monday 23 March 2020, EDA proposes to take the following points into consideration:

To be able to continue to guarantee the full and vital operation ability of the milk and dairy sector in these crisis times, the EDA asks the European Commission to:

  1. Insist at Member States’ level to allow frictionless milk collection and milk & dairy distribution operations across the Union and across borders
  2. Activate the private storage aid scheme according to part II of Regulation (EU) 1308/2013 for butter, skimmed milk powder and cheeses (all types of cheeses).
  3. Establish a scheme to allow a priority-based access to container and freight capacities for the products categorized as “essential”, like milk & dairy products.

In addition, the EDA asks to consider already additional emergency measures in coordination between the European Commission and the Member States as well as within the dairy sector that will become crucial whenever Covid-19 will force us to close down processing capacities of (regional) systemic importance:

  1. Set up a milk producer emergency scheme for the disposal of milk in case milk cannot be collected due to a lack of collection or processing capacities as a Covid-19 consequence.
  2. Set up of an emergency scheme for dairy processors for alternative uses of milk in case of continued milk collection, but a closing down of processing capacities of (regional) systemic importance as a Covid-19 consequence.

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