The European Commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan said on Monday (23 January) he had difficulty understanding why dairy farmers were protesting in Brussels, given the recovery of milk prices in the last six months.
Hogan spoke at a press conference following the first EU Council ministerial of the year, with agriculture ministers from the EU’s national governments.
Protesting farmers had sprayed milk powder on the council building earlier on Monday, and called for a “permanent crisis instrument”.
But Hogan noted that the price of milk has gone up by 25 percent since August 2016, “at least in part due to the commission’s actions”.
“It’s difficult to understand the basis for which protests have been organised outside the council today,” said Hogan.