support for EU milk producers

25 Jun: Special Report 11/2021: Exceptional support for EU milk producers in 2014–2016 – Potential to improve future efficiency


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.

We examined how well the Commission and the relevant authorities …