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EU Sugar Regime

The House of Lords EU Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy Sub-Committee, chaired by Lord Carter of Coles, conducted a follow up inquiry into its previous report on the EU sugar regime, ‘Too Much or too Little? Changes to the EU Sugar Regime’. The report, 'Leaving a bitter taste? The EU Sugar Regime', was debated on 3 June 2013.

The inquiry focused on sugar reform in the EU, looking at it through the lens of the Common Agricultural Reform (CAP) package. The findings of this short inquiry fed into discussions in Brussels about sugar reform measures.

Issues the Committee covered during the short inquiry included:

  • the abolition of quotas and other market management measures by 2015, and whether there is a case for a transitional period;
  • the governance of inter-professional agreements;
  • the impact on third country producers and potential mitigation that may be required, including why there has been variable disbursement of compensation already made available to mitigate the impact of the earlier reform; and
  • the extent to which the EU price reduction has been passed on to consumers.

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Members' interests in relation to this inquiry

The Members of the EU Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy Sub-Committee have declared the following interests in relation to this inquiry:

Members are required to register any financial and non-financial interests that a reasonable member of the public might think would influence their actions in Parliament. The full text of the Register is available online: