Milk production is the EU’s top agricultural sector by value (€58 billion
in 2018), currently accounting for around 14 % of agricultural output.
Between 2014 and 2015, the price received by EU milk producers decreased
from around 40 cents per litre to around 30 cents.
Measures were taken to counteract disturbances in the dairy market. These
measures, which were known as the ‟safety net”, entail the public and
private purchase and storage of butter and skimmed milk powder, the aim
being to remove surpluses from the market.
The EU also adopted several exceptional measures to counteract the
disturbances that affected the dairy market in 2014-2017. The cost of these
measures to the EU budget was €740 million.
We are currently examining whether these exceptional measures were
properly designed and whether they had the intended effect. We are also
looking at whether the Commission and the Member States have taken
appropriate action to ensure that they are better prepared to deal with
future dairy market disturbances.
If you wish to contact the audit team, you may do so at the following email address: