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CIBE PRESS RELEASE: EUROPEAN BEET GROWERS MAKE AN URGENT APPEAL TO THE COMMISSION AND MEMBER STATES ON THE OCCASION OF THE HIGH LEVEL GROUP ON SUGAR - 18 Mar 2019

 

At a crucial turning point regarding the sustainability of sugar beet growing and in an unprecedented EU sugar market crisis, with sugar and beet prices at record lows, the CIBE President Eric Lainé highlighted to the High Level Group on Sugar today the 3 major challenges that sugar beet growers have to face: productivity & competitiveness, resilience and adjustment to markets.

 

CIBE PRESS RELEASE: THE CURRENT CRISIS IN THE EU BEET SUGAR SECTOR IS WITHOUT PRECEDENT: CIBE CALLS FOR URGENT RESPONSES AND ACTION - 19 Sep 2018

 

One year following the end of the quota regime, with world and EU sugar prices having reached historically low levels this summer, well below the reference threshold and the cost of production in the EU, the beet sugar sector in the EU continues to experience severe turbulences.

 

CIBE-CEFS-EFFAT JOINT LETTER - TRADE FOR ALL: THE EU-MERCOSUR NEGOTIATIONS - 04 Jun 2018

 

Representing European sugar manufacturers, sugar beet growers, and employees respectively, CEFS, CIBE, and EFFAT are watching with concern the ongoing EU-Mercosur trade negotiations. A joint letter was sent today to President Juncker, Commissioners Malmström and Hogan and responsible officials in DGs AGRI and TRADE.

 

JOINT LETTER - EU BIOFUEL CHAIN OUTREACH TO COUNCIL ON INCLUSION OF 7% CONVENTIONAL BIOFUELS IN BLENDING OBLIGATIONS ON FOSSIL FUEL SUPPLIERS - 30 May 2018

 

The EU Biofuel Chain has sent a joint letter today to Council ahead of the next negotiating round on the post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive (REDII).

 

CIBE CONGRESS RESOLUTIONS - 45TH CIBE CONGRESS, GHENT - 11 May 2018

 

The International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE), representing over 280 000 sugar beet growers from 18 Western & Central European Countries and 15% of world sugar production, held its 45th Congress in Ghent (Belgium) from 16th to 18th May 2018. It examined the situation of the world sugar economy and the main economic and political issues currently facing beet growing in Europe, with a special focus on the impacts of the abolition of the EU quota system as from 1st October 2017. CIBE released the following resolutions adopted by its Board of Directors.

CIBE PRESS RELEASE: EUROPEAN SUGAR BEET GROWERS DEEPLY CONCERNED BY GLOOMY OUTLOOK - 11 May 2018

 

Following the 45th CIBE Congress which took place from May 15 to May 18, 2018 in Ghent (Belgium), CIBE has published a Press Release.

 

JOINT LETTER: CIBE, COPA-COGECA, EOA, EPURE AND CEPM CALL TOGETHER FOR A STABLE LONG TERM POLICY FOR INVESTMENTS IN BIOFUEL SECTOR - 14 May 2018

 

A joint letter, signed by CIBE, COPA-COGECA, European Oilseed Alliance, CIBE, ePure and CEPM Maiz' Europ', has been sent to COREPER I, MEPs in charge of the RED II trilogue negotiations and DG ENERGY.

 

CIBE-CEFS PRESS RELEASE - THE EU SUGAR MARKET SITUATION: AN UNPRECEDENTED PRICE DECLINE - 09 May 2018

 

At 372 EUR/tonne in February 2018, the EU average white sugar price is currently at its lowest level since the establishment of the European Commission Price Reporting System in July 2006, and down by more than 25 per cent since August 2017. It is almost ten per cent below the white sugar reference threshold, the only objective benchmark that exists to monitor the health of the sector. And it is far below EU average production costs.
 

CIBE-CEFS PRESS RELEASE - BLANKET BAN ON NEONICOTINOIDS: A SEVERE BLOW WITH HUGE CONSEQUENCES FOR EUROPEAN SUGAR BEET GROWERS AND PROCESSORS - 27 Apr 2018

 

The vote today at the SCoPAFF to ban neonicotinoids, including in pelleted beet seed, is a severe blow for sugar beet growers and for the sustainability of the EU beet sugar sector. It is not a science-based decision as far as sugar beet is concerned. It is highly regrettable that a majority of Member States have ignored the data gaps in the EFSA assessment and the recent evidence put forward. As a result, both the environment and the farming community will be negatively affected.
 

PRESS RELEASE: CIBE URGES MEMBER STATES AND COMMISSION TO ACT RESPONSIBLY AND WITH COMMON SENSE - 20 Apr 2018

 

With its proposal to ban neonicotinoids, including in pelleted beet seed, DG-SANTE, followed by some Member States, deliberately ignore data gaps in the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) impact assessments as well as recent evidence with regards to sugar beet. European Beet growers repeatedly presented their case based on sound analysis and facts.