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PRESS RELEASE - EUROPEAN SUGAR BEET GROWERS WARN THAT THEIR PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES ARE UNDER THREAT

 

European sugar beet growers warn that their productivity and sustainable practices are under threat

9 November 2017 - Chantilly (France)

 

At their annual Technical and Reception Control Committee today in Chantilly, France, European beet growers discussed various issues related to growing, harvesting and delivering beet to the sugar factory. Fundamental changes are at work with the end of quotas and with the possibilities of using of plant protection products that deeply impact the way farmers grow and deliver their beet.

 

Longer campaign, flat rate crown system, reception of whole beet have been debated between beet growers from the EU and Switzerland. Jean Pierre Dubray, Chair of this Committee, stressed that “beet growers have always been in favour of modernization and simplification of beet delivery, but under the condition that the risks and benefits be equitably shared between growers and processors and we note that this balance is not there in many regions. Furthermore, the profound changes that are taking place put more pressure on growers and necessitate more than ever an increased technical competence and close monitoring throughout the long beet season, from seedbed preparation via sowing and growing to the storage and delivery of beet.”

 

The extremely challenging context with regards to plant protection products was also extensively discussed. European growers cannot but note that sustainable practices are today challenged or banned, and innovation restricted. Over the past two decades, many plant protection products have been withdrawn, and good farming practices have already developed considerably in beet growing in the EU. However, today ideological positions prevail. “This is all the more incomprehensible for our sector, whose strength comes from its high sustainability” added Jean-Pierre Dubray.

 

We sound the alarm to the EU Institutions and to the Member States because hasty and unjustified decisions with regards to plant protection products, in particular on glyphosate and  neonicotinoids used in pelleted beet seed, would set us back 20 years with unsustainable practices and would jeopardize the sustainability of our sector to the benefit of imported sugar from third countries”. “European beet growers remain committed to further improve their productivity and to work with the Institutions to further develop their good practices, under the condition that they are given the means to do so”, concluded Jean-Pierre Dubray.

 

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09 Nov 2017
CIBE IS HOLDING ON 9-10 NOVEMBER 2017 ITS ANNUAL TECHNICAL & RECEPTION CONTROL COMMITTEE IN CHANTILLY, FRANCE

 

 European beet growers including Swiss beet growers will discuss various issues and new developments related to growing, harvesting and delivering beet to the sugar factory. They will also visit the Tereos sugar factory in Chevrières, Oise (France).

 

 

 

08 Nov 2017
CIBE POSITION: EU AGRI COUNCIL TO DISCUSS TRADE-RELATED ISSUES

 

CIBE CALL TO THE AGRI COUNCIL

Brussels, 6 November 2017

 

Ahead of the next Agri Council on 6th November, where the state of play of trade-related agricultural issues will be discussed, CIBE would like to reiterate its serious concerns vis-à-vis the ongoing negotiations with Mercosur and Mexico and vis-à-vis the upcoming negotiations with Australia.

 

European sugar beet growers consider that sugar market access concessions to Mercosur, Mexico and Australia should be excluded for the following reasons:

 

  • The non-level playing field for EU sugar compared with sugar produced in these leading sugar exporting countries, because of their sugar policies which include various supports, subsidies, cross-benefits and state programs aiming at consistently expanding their sugar sector;

 

  • The increasing gap between the EU standards for beet cultivation and the standards in these countries, which puts at risk the future competitiveness of EU sugar;

 

  • The fact that the EU does not need to import more sugar, in particular in the context of the abolition of sugar quotas and downward trend of EU sugar consumption;

 

  • The fact that these countries already have access to the EU sugar market, in the form of specific or “erga omnes” TRQs;

 

  • The detrimental cumulative impact of any future sugar concessions which would jeopardize the sustainability of the EU sugar sector, taking into consideration the concessions already granted in FTAs concluded with 25 third partners, in addition to all ACP and LDC countries which already benefit from duty-free and quota-free access!

 

  • The impact of Brexit on beet sugar sector of the EU-27;

 

  • The inconsistency of additional concessions vis-à-vis preferential partners, in particular ACP and LDC countries.

 

The EU sugar beet sector could not sustain constantly further concessions granted to more third countries. The EU sugar market is not intended to become a market for third countries’ constant surplus. This would be extremely damaging for our EU beet sugar industry, in particular as no specific access for EU sugar has been concluded and no access for EU sugar is envisaged in ongoing negotiations.

 

We urge the EU Institutions to stop considering the EU beet sugar sector as a bargaining chip in all the EU’s trade negotiations and to assess the overall consequences of the current stance on sugar by the EU Commission in its negotiating strategy.

 

 

 

06 Nov 2017
JOINT PRESS RELEASE: ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE’S VOTE ON RED II WRONGLY PENALISES BIOFUELS

 

 

Environment Committee’s vote on RED II wrongly penalises biofuels

 

Brussels, 24 October 2017 – The European Parliament Environment Committee’s vote to   phase-out  the use of  biofuels by 2030 seriously undermines the EU’s climate and sustainability objectives. It diverges sharply from the latest draft proposal from the EU Council, which safeguards the role of  biofuels in the renewable energy framework.

 

Ahead of the vote in the Environment  Committee, the Green Rapporteur MEP Eickhout highlighted that the “beneficiary” of the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive  (RED II) “should be the climate”. But  his proposal falls short of ambition in this sense, since it does not include a dedicated target for the use of renewable energy in the transport sector and calls for a  phase out of  biofuels, which are essential in agricultural sustainability and represent the most cost-effective and readily available solution to decarbonise the transport sector. Beyond that, it prevents the potential of valorisation of EU agricultaralbiomass.

 

Speaking on behalf of the eight associations representing the EU Biofuel Chain, Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen  stated: “The EU should create a policy framework which supports all sustainable forms of renewable energy and contributes to the reduction of fossil fuels’ use and protein feed imports. EU  biofuels have proven to do all that. ”.

In particular, the development of crop-based biofuels has resulted in some 35 Mt of gross avoided CO2 emissions in 2013. The deployment of renewable energies in transport led to a 116 Mtoe drop in EU demand for fossil fuels and, more importantly for the EU’s security of supply, to savings of €30 billion per year thanks to avoided imported fuel costs. Moreover, the production of  biofuels from arable crops triggers the co-production of high-value protein meal and other animal feed which replace 4 to 5 million hectares of imported feedstock. This increases the EU protein self-sufficiency and avoids environmental impacts elsewhere.

 

All these benefits, however, have been disregarded in the Environment  Committee’s vote to the advantage of the fossil fuel industry. As declared by Nathalie Lecocq, Director General of FEDIOL : “The Environment Committee has focused all its efforts in trying to get rid of  biofuels on the basis of alleged sustainability risks. In doing so, it has completely overlooked the big picture, which is the fact that 95% of EU road transport  still relyies on fossil fuels”.

 

In this regard, while welcoming the enhanced focus on new  technology biofuels  proposed in the Environment Committee’s  opinion, the EU Biofuel Chain regrets the adopted approach which opts to further develop an  industry at the expense of the existing one. It is essential for the EU to recognise the role of the  biofuels industry in the development of new technology  biofuels: enabling long-term investments in them  will require the involvement of the investors of crop-based  biofuels

 

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24 Oct 2017
CIBE-CEFS FACT SHEET: MOLASSES AS A FEEDSTOCK FOR APPLICATIONS FROM FEED TO ENERGY

 

Ahead of the vote in EP Committee for Agriculture and EP Committee of Environment on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, CIBE and CEFS would like to react to the arguments of molasses users, notably by the chemical industry, which have been lobbying hard to convince MEPS that there is and there will be a supply issue if beet molasses is used to produce biofuels. This is absolutely not true and there is no evidence for such misinformation.

 

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27 Sep 2017
BRAZILIAN SUPPORT MEASURES FOR SUGAR-ETHANOL SECTOR: CIBE, CEFS & EFFAT RESPOND TO UNICA

 

Joint CIBE-CEFS-EFFAT response to UNICA (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association) related to EU-Mercosur negotiations. Click here to downloard the response.

26 Jul 2017
CIBE POSITION ON SUGAR MARKET OBSERVATORY

 

CIBE welcomes the initiative by Commissioner P. Hogan to set up a Sugar Market Observatory. Ahead of the observatory’s kick-off meeting, CIBE would like to reiterate its position regarding the transparency on the EU sugar market post-2017. Click here to download the position.

 

11 Jul 2017
CIBE-CEFS-EPURE-EFFAT PRESS RELEASE: EU-MERCOSUR NEGOTIATIONS: STAND UP FOR EU SUGAR AND ETHANOL!

 

EU sugar and renewable ethanol producers, sugar beet farmers, and workers call for no concessions on sugar and ethanol in the context of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations.

 

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03 Jul 2017
PRESS RELEASE - EUROPEAN SUGAR BEET GROWERS ARE FACING BIG CHALLENGES AND INCREASING RISKS

 

At their annual General Assembly today in Newmarket, UK, European beet growers discussed the extremely challenging context they have to cope with and the higher risks they have to face as from this marketing year. Click here to download the Press Release.

 

18 May 2017
PRESS RELEASE - TEMPORARY MEASURES: A RECKLESS GAMBLE

 

The EU sugar sector faces its biggest change in decades. On 1 October 2017 EU sugar production quotas will end. At this sensitive and uncertain time, the European Commission has proposed to vote in the Management Committee of 27 April 2017 on the introduction of ‘temporary’ measures (tenders for imports at reduced duties) to increase the supply of sugar on the EU market.

 

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24 Apr 2017