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We must act now to save our sugar market

15 January 2014 - London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis hosted a working lunch at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday for MEPs and representatives of Europe’s sugar cane refining industry. Refiners from the UK, Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria voiced their concerns on the impending abolition of beet quotas in 2017.

Lobbying intensifies ahead of vote on sugar quotas

European Voice, 07 March 2013 - A lobbying campaign by the food and drink industry and by farmers' groups is under way in the European Parliament ahead of a plenary vote next week (13 March) on sugar quotas.

MEPs talk saving sugar jobs with UK agriculture minister

29 January 2013 - London Members of the European Parliament Marina Yannakoudakis and Sarah Ludford yesterday met with Minister of State for Agriculture and Food David Heath to discuss high EU sugar prices and ensuring a level playing field for cane refiners and beet processors in order to protect jobs in their constituency.

Tate & Lyle Sugars to Argue Against EU Sugar Rules in Court

Bloomberg, 16 January 2013 - Tate & Lyle Sugars, owned by American Sugar Refining Inc., will argue in court tomorrow against what it considers “mismanagement” of Europe’s sugar market by the European Commission, the bloc’s regulatory arm. EU sugar refiners that import cane sugar, such as Tate & Lyle, haven’t been able...

London MEP takes sugar fight to EU competition chief

15 January 2013 - MEP Marina Yannadoudakis raised her concerns about the need to save the cane sugar refining industry to Joaquín Almunia, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Competition, the MEP disclosed in a press statement. Mrs Yannakoudakis has been fighting to protect the thousands of highly-skilled jobs at...

Eurodeputada Patrão Neves reúne com Comissário Almunia

15 January 2013 - A task Force para o sector do açúcar, grupo de trabalho do Parlamento Europeu da iniciativa da Eurodeputada Patrão Neves reúne como o Comissário da Concorrência, Joaquín Almunia.

EU sugar refiners bring their fight to London

Sugaronline.com, 27 November 2012 - In its opening shot during the International Sugar Organisation's annual conference in London on Tuesday, the European sugar refiners threw down the gauntlet to demand that they were not treated as "residual operators after other stakeholders have been allocated their market share,"...

EU - Sugar refiners lobby for lower tariffs

Kingsman Sugar News Summary, 27 November 2012 - Cane sugar refiners in the European Union are under threat unless punitive import tariffs on raw sugar are relaxed, a European Sugar Refiners Association spokeswoman told Dow Jones reports. The executive director of ESRA said cane refiners face major...[more]

Maria do Céu Patrão Neves organiza Workshop sobre o sector Açúcar

13 November 2012 - Decorre hoje, dia 13 de Novembro de 2012, no Parlamento Europeu, em Bruxelas um Workshop sobre o tema: Açúcar: O que está para além de beterraba e quotas. O equilíbrio de mercado e a escolha do consumidor, organizado pela EuroDeputada Maria do Céu Patrão Neves em colaboração com a Associação Europeia dos...

Sweet future for beet sugar refiners

Financial Times, 14 November 2012 - Times are sweet for beet sugar refiners in Europe. Protected by production quotas and import tariffs, the region’s beet sugar refiners are racking up profits, and reporting operating margins close to 20 per cent. “European sugar producers are going to take over the world,” jokes one...

London MEP accuses EU Commission of letting down citizens

11 September 2012 – A shortage of sugar cane imports into the EU is driving up the cost of sugar and threatening jobs in the manufacturing sector. The EU rules which have affected the trade of sugar cane were the subject of discussion in the European Parliament today.


Açúcar em risco de faltar

Sol, 03 August 2012 - As refinarias portuguesas estão em risco de ruptura e receiam que possa ter de ser feito um novo racionamento de açúcar no país, dado à falta crescente do produto. A emblemática fábrica Pastéis de Belém e a confeitaria artesanal Arcádia, por exemplo, garantem que estão atentas ao problema. E admitem que...[more]

Commission replies to refiners on sugar market woes

Agra Europe, 12 July 2012 – The European Commission has denied allegations that it has treated sugar refiners unfairly in its management of the EU sugar market, saying that persistently high world market prices are primarily to blame for the supply difficulties that some refiners have been facing in recent times


Bitter sweet, the EU must do more to support the sugar refining sector

EP Magazine, 09 July 2012 – MEPs call on the commission to create a level playing field for sugar refiners in the EU. We believe that the EU deserves food security, competition, consumer choice and, most of all, jobs. On 4 July agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos met with us and the other MEP's who co-signed a letter calling...[more]

Commissioner defends damaging sugar regime to MEPs

04 July 2012 – EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş today met with a group of Members of the European Parliament who had written protesting against the European Commission’s competition-distorting sugar regime. Thousands of jobs are at risk across the European Union, including in Tate and Lyle’s London refinery, if sugar...[more]

EU sugar price leaves bitter taste

Financial Times, 04 July 2012 – Along with consumers and companies such as Nestlé, Coca-Cola and Kraft, European sugar cane refiners are among the losers. On the other hand, the beet sugar industry – which includes companies such as British Sugar, owned by ABF of the UK, and


Sugar Cane: MEPs

The Parliament, 03 July 2012 – Currently because of strict EU preferential access rules, cane sugar refiners are unable to source sugar cane in the quantities that they need. In July, European agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos will meet with us and 57 other MEPs from 11 countries who co-signed a letter addressed to him...[more]

Normativas de importacao da UE poem em risco sector e refinacao de acucar

Publico, 15 June 2012 – As regras europeias acerca da importação de rama de cana-de-açúcar ditam que os países em vias de desenvolvimento sejam os principais fornecedores desta matéria para a indústria europeia. Mas esses países não têm suficiente capacidade de produção e as taxas de importação aplicadas pela UE tornam...[more]

62 MEPs call for sweeter deal for sugar cane refiners

24 May 2012 – EU rules on sugar are making the EU’s sugar refineries unviable with thousands of highly-skilled jobs at risk across Europe. London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has led the charge against the European Commission’s competition-distorting rules. She, along with 61 MEPs from 11 countries, has today written...[more]

Europe's cane sugar refiners what is fair competition

Agra Europe, 01 May 2012 – Casual observers of Europe’s sugar market may be perplexed by the current situation. White sugar prices in Europe have risen 36% in 12 months, leaving them at 40% premium to world prices. At the same time, Europe’s cane sugar refineries must pay increasingly high import duties though a series of...[more]

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