The competitiveness of the European milling sector

A competitive & market-oriented agriculture

A Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will remain pivotal in securing constant and regular access to sustainable wheat, rye and oats of the right quality.

Preserving the balanced relationship between farmers and millers

In Europe, the millers mostly source locally or close to the place of farming. Direct payments are an important source of income for farmers, who provide a range of public goods. We believe that any move to substitute direct payments for a mandatory value-sharing scheme would undermine the existence of both wheat farming and milling sectors in Europe.

No further concessions on market access

For the European flour milling sector running in average at 65% of its capacity and increasingly exposed to the competition of countries in the EU neighbourhood, it is essential to recognise the role that the EU’s import policy regarding wheat flour plays in supporting the competitiveness of the whole EU grain chain.

With the European flour milling sector facing:

  • acute pressure from 3rd countries (Turkey, Kazakhstan) on traditional wheat flour export markets
  • its structural overcapacity
  • a declining consumption of bread in most EU countries

The EU market must not be further opened to the wheat flour from 3rd countries that support their milling sector with trade-distorting subsidies.