(Source: EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS)
After peaking in early 2014, the average price received by EU milk producers began to fall. In mid-2016, prices started rising again.
The CAP includes a number of tools for addressing market disturbance. Direct payments play a stabilisation role as they provide a constant source of income for farmers. A ‘safety net’ aims to support prices by temporarily removing surpluses of dairy products from the market. The Commission can also adopt exceptional measures against threats of market disturbance: they did so between 2014 and 2016.
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