€818m superlevy despite 11 countries under milk quota

Eleven EU member states undershot the 2014/2015 milk quota by at least 10%.

But Ireland was one of 12 member states which over-produced, and must pay a total superlevy of €818m.

Now provisional EU figures indicate the Irish share of that bill will be €71,188,000; compared to an Irish estimate during the summer of about €69m, for producing 4.4% too much milk.

Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland also exceeded their national milk quotas.

Member States have been given the possibility to collect the superlevy in a three-year instalment scheme for dairy farmers at zero interest rate.

This scheme operates in Ireland.

Of the bigger milk producing member states, the UK under-delivered by 6.1%, France by 4.5%, and Spain by 0.6%.

The quota was missed in Sweden by 20%, the Czech Republic by 7.4%, Hungary (19.2%), Portugal (10.2%), Slovakia (20%), and Finland (10.4%).

The others who didn’t fill their quotas were Romania (39.3% under), Greece (29.4%) , Croatia (24.2%), Latvia (0.9%) Lithuania (16.9%), Malta (18.3%), and Slovenia (11.4%).

The dairy quota regime was abolished on April 1, 2015.


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