A report drawn up by MTT Agrifood Research Finland entitled ‘Competitiveness of Northern European Dairy Chains’ predicts that the removal of EU milk quotas next year will cause a geographical concentration of milk production in the central and northern European countries.

According to the report, it will also speed up the process of structural change that has been taking place for years and actually increase the geographical concentration of milk production, creating a ‘milk production belt’ in northern and central Europe, with farmers elsewhere moving towards other activities, such as mixed farming or cultivation for export.

It would be possible to adopt transitional measures for milk producers in the areas affected with a view to offsetting any market imbalances. Conversion from dairy farming to mixed livestock farming for meat and milk might be one way of helping the producers affected remain competitive.

Will the Commission accordingly provide transitional assistance for milk producers seeking to convert to other activities?