Dairy Industry Ireland welcomes belated EU moves to support dairy market

Details for the package understood to be in the region of €30 million announced by Commission president Ursula von der Leyen

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22 April 2020 | 0

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Dairy industry Ireland (DII) today welcomed the official confirmation by the EU Commission that a package of support for the dairy industry will be enacted.

The package will include supports for a number of number of specific areas, including private storage aid (PSA) for dairy products, covering skimmed milk powder, butter and cheese; flexibility for market support programmes; and exceptional derogation from EU competition rules.

DII understands the package for dairy specifically will be in the region of €30 million, with details due to be announced tomorrow by Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.

There will be further measures for other sectors such as beef and lamb.

According to DII director Conor Mulvihill, a report highlighting the threat facing the dairy industry was sent to the EU Commission which set out the scale of the problems in stark terms.

“DII has been consistently lobbying for an extended time for measures,” Mulvihill said, “and had recently sent the ‘The report ‘The Potential Impact of Covid-19 on the Irish Dairy Industry’ conducted by business advisory firm EY, to the Commission to give empirical support for our arguments.

“The report highlighted in stark terms the threat facing the Irish dairy processing industry as well as farmers and the rural economy without national and EU supports,” he said.

The DII is now “looking forward to working with Minister Creed and his team in DAFM on implementing the package to help protect businesses and their suppliers”.

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