The Commission described the situation with regard to the dairy market in the context of the abolition of the milk quota system next April. Many member states expressed concerns, but some considered that the sector should be able to adapt to the change by using instruments already available within the framework of direct payments and rural development. Some pointed out that price volatility could have a significant effect on milk producers, and that the Commission would therefore have to monitor the situation very closely through the Milk Market Observatory and put forward appropriate proposals to address the issue if necessary.
For the President of the Council, Minister Duklavs said, "The milk market will have to be monitored closely to assess how the abolition of milk quotas will affect the sector. The Presidency will continue to encourage discussions in the Council in order to give appropriate guidance to the Commission on necessary measures".