EUROPE – The European Milk Board (EMB) has elected current Vice-President Sieta van Keimpema from the Netherlands as its new President and he was succeeded by Kjartan Poulsen from Denmark.

In addition, current Executive Committee members Boris Gondouin from France, Pat McCormack from Ireland and Roberto Cavaliere from Italy saw their mandates renewed. The EMB also welcomed Elmar Hannen from Germany and Guy Francq from Belgium as new members of the Executive Committee.

Outgoing President Erwin Schöpges, who wishes to focus henceforth on the development of Fair Milk in Belgium and some African countries, was given a warm send-off by his fellow dairy farmers.

Incoming President Sieta van Keimpema told the EMB members at the Assembly that she believed that representing the interests of European dairy farmers before the EU Institutions would continue to remain very important.

“I would like to thank you for your vote of confidence. Advocating for a crisis-proof agricultural policy will be at the very top of the EMB agenda. The European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy also need to be considered from a clear producer perspective and the EMB will continue to engage actively with political decision-makers and provide constructive contributions,” said Keimpema

The Assembly also expressed its heartfelt gratitude to Johannes Pfaller from Germany, who stepped down from the Executive Committee after serving for two and a half years, for his long-standing commitment at the EMB to fight for fair trade relations and against the dumping of European surpluses in African markets.

Her fellow Executive Committee member Elmar Hannen added: “We have to reach a stage where the price covers what society demands. That is the only way to ensure a future for dairy farmers.”

According to Vice-President Kjartan Poulsen, this means that the European Commission’s currently vague goal of improving the position of producers must be fleshed out and made a reality with a concrete strategy.

“The EMB expects a clear indication of what steps are going to be taken to achieve this goal, so that it does not simply remain empty words,” said Kjartan.

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