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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe European Union ought to help farmers earn fair pay in comparison with other food supply network workers. There should be special instruments that would allow them to withstand market fluctuations and help them find new markets to explore, said MEPs in two resolutions that were adopted on Tuesday.

They also urged member states to encourage farmers to join forces in production organizations.

«The European dairy industry has many opportunities ahead, but the European Commission has not been very good at assessing risks producers have to expect in the near future, including the ending of milk quotas, the recently extended Russian embargo on European food products and price fluctuations. European leaders should help their dairy industry become a global leader, not follower,» – said MEP James Nicholson. The resolution that studies the chances of the European dairy industry has been approved with 510 votes in favour, 154 against and 44 neutral.

Honest food supply and better means for combating market crises

MEPs requested improvements to be carried out in regard to supervision over the dairy market, as well as to have more effective instruments to be developed in order to help combat market distortions and fluctuations.

The European Parliament invites the European Commission and EU member states:

-to submit new legislative proposals to limit unfair trade practices in dairy and fruit industry to protect farmers from domination by other market participants and suppliers and abuse of this status;

-request and assist the newly-formed Dairy Market Supervisory Centre to be more active in crisis prediction and more helpful in its recommendations on combating them;

-improve requirements necessary for recognition of production organisations in order to increase the influence of farmers during procurement talks;

-help producer organisations motivate farmers to join them or merge with existing organisations;

-add variety to the export market, considering that Russia’s 2013 embargo on European food products has negatively impacted the internal market in the EU;

-stimulate fruit and vegetable exports, trade talks with third countries on reduction of customs fees and ease of phytosanitary requirements, as well as carry out an outlook in foreign markets to estimate the chances of dairy product exports.

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