Divergent stakeholder views on sugar-sector reform
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CTA. 2003. Divergent stakeholder views on sugar-sector reform. Agritrade, December 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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At the end of September the industry federation representing...
At the end of September the industry federation representing EU chocolate, biscuit and confectionary manufacturers (CAOBISCO), welcomed the Commission's communication on reform of the EU sugar regime, arguing that 'the sugar regime is long overdue for reform'. It describes the current regime as 'economically disastrous'. The fact that EU sugar users, both direct consumers and industrial consumers pay three and half times the world market price was described as 'simply unsustainable'. In contrast, the industry body representing sugar millers (CEFS), called for more attention to be given to the 'fixed quota' option when looking at options for reform. CEFS maintains that since 1968 the sugar regime has 'played an important role in ensuring sustainable and high quality sugar production and in providing employment in rural areas throughout the EU'. It argues that 'it is essential that any reform of the Sugar CMO is not carried out at the expense of the livelihoods of European and developing-country producers'. Like the Commission it sees the 'liberalisation option' as 'completely untenable'. However CEFS disagrees with the Commission's favoured 'fall in price' option, claiming it is likely to have 'irreversible adverse consequences for sugar production' in more EU regions than foreseen in the Commission analysis. It also notes that it would be liable to 'cause irreparable damage to the sugar industries of our traditional suppliers among the ACP countries'. CEFS describes the 'fall in price' option as essentially a de facto 'liberalisation' option. On this basis the CEFS strongly advocates a reassessment of the 'fixed quotas' option. Comment: The strong support for reform of COABISCO highlights the importance of sugar-sector reform to the development of the value-added food-processing industry in the EU. EU policy is increasingly focussing on this area.