Food and beverage companies have lined up against a proposal to extend the EU’s current sugar quota regime. A vote in the European Parliament is scheduled for March, and the Irish Presidency of the EU is hoping to reach a deal in June.
The EU sugar beet industry had been bracing for the end to restrictive production quotas by a target date of 2015. The quota system, dating to 1968, provides farmers a guaranteed minimum price aimed at ensuring stable supplies.
Tags: European agricultural policy, global market, negative economic impact, beet, protection, CAP, partial extension, isoglucose
Committee of European Users of Sugar (CIUS)
European Committee of Sugar Processors (CEFS)
European Starch Industry Association (AAF)
International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE)