Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1459)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

1459. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding a proposed European Commission regulation (details supplied) regarding greater transparency in the way in which prices are reported throughout the chain; the timeline for this measure to be adopted at EU level and likely transposition period for member states and here; and the reporting requirements involving operators in the regulation. [36833/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I welcome initiatives to improve market transparency on EU agricultural markets. Since 2016, the various Market Observatories (milk, meat, crop and sugar) have been rolled out and all aim to monitor the development of production, consumption patterns and market volatility in the EU focusing on the provision of short term analyses, as well as analyses and economic outlook to help economic operators to manage their business more effectively.

A draft amended Commission implementing regulation, published in May this year, aims to further increase market transparency by collecting more detailed price data at various points along the food supply chain. My Department will implement the regulation when it has been finalised at EU level.