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Milk price crisis: Parliament gives go ahead to new measures
New proposals to help EU farmers through the milk price crisis were backed by Parliament on Thursday. Parliament backed two new legislative measures put forward by the Commission at an Agriculture Committee meeting on Monday, one to allow the Commission to take counter-measures faster in response to serious market disturbances, and the other to enable Member States to levy extra funding to help restructure the dairy market.
These proposals, adopted with 480 votes in favour, 109 against and 27 abstentions, followed Parliament's call, in a resolution approved at the September plenary session, for more action to remedy the milk price crisis.
Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel told the committee on Monday that she agreed to Parliament's request for a special fund for the dairy sector. However, she proposed it should have €280 million, compared to €300 million proposed by Parliament's Budget committee.
On Thursday, in a separate vote, Parliament supported, in the budget procedure, the establishment of the €300 million fund.
Datum: 05 November 2009
Bron: Press releases Europian Parliamant
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