The competitiveness of the European milling sector
No further concessions on market access
With the European milling sector facing:
- acute pressure from 3rd countries (Turkey, Kazakhstan) on traditional wheat flour export markets
- a structural overcapacity (the sector is running in average at 65% of its capacity)
- a declining consumption of bread in most European countries
We believe that the European Commission must guard against flour trade concessions that imply fundamental and irreversible damage to both the European milling sector and the regions in which they operate. In particular, the EU market must not be further opened to wheat flour from 3rd countries supporting their milling sector with direct or indirect trade-distorting subsidies.
A competitive & market-oriented agriculture
A Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will remain pivotal in securing constant and regular access to sustainable wheat, rye and oats of the right quality.
Preserving the balanced relationship between farmers and millers
In Europe, the millers mostly source locally or close to the place of farming. Direct payments are an important source of income for farmers, who provide a range of public goods. We believe that any move to substitute direct payments for a mandatory value-sharing scheme would undermine the existence of both wheat farming and milling sectors in Europe.