Madrid, February 9, 2024. AVIANZA (Spanish Interprofessional Association of Poultry Meat) joins the discomfort of European farmers and livestock farmers and returns to claim, as it has done in recent months, the urgent need for European institutions to adjust current and future regulations to the real situation of the food industry in each country.
For Avianza, regulatory changes cannot go against a strategic sector such as farmers and growers in Europe, forcing them to produce in an unfair and anti-competitive system, which obliges local producers to meet high standards, while forgetting this compliance for producers in markets outside the EU.
One of the latest comparative grievances is being the community policies regarding a supposed increase in animal welfare. Since our sector is one of the most guaranteed in this field, regulations far from the contrasted facts will once again stifle the entire agri-food sector, leading it to one of the greatest crises in its history, since the profitability and viability of its farms will be seriously compromised.
Regulations that could reduce almost 70% of the useful surface area of farms, require millionaire investments in new facilities or increase production costs to a point of no return of economic viability. Measures that could triple the price of whole chicken carcasses, for example.
Measures such as the new European regulation on animal transport, whose application does not take into account either the climatic conditions of a country like Spain or the working conditions of the sector.
Therefore, we ask for the vision of all the agents involved in order to reach satisfactory solutions in all aspects, and not to continue regulating with our backs turned, not only to the producers, but also to the citizens themselves, who will be the main victims of the reduction of European food self-sufficiency.