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EU’s Sugar Quotas End Will Concentrate Industry, Group Says

April 12 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union’s plan to abolish sugar output limits in 2015 will encourage more concentration of beet sugar production in the bloc, according to the European Association of Sugar Traders, known as ASSUC.

The European Commission, the bloc’s regulatory arm, last year proposed to end sugar quotas on Sept. 30, 2015 as part of the 27-nation bloc’s agricultural policy reform. The quotas cap the amount of sweetener produced to be sold within the EU.

“EU sugar policy as a whole should promote and defend conditions which provide for a multitude of participants and for regional diversity,” the association, which represents more than 60 companies in Europe, said in a statement e-mailed today. “ASSUC therefore supports the maintenance of the quota system for the EU sugar market for as long as necessary.”

The association also urged the EU to review a limit on exports of the sweetener, according to the statement. A ruling from the World Trade Organization in 2005 limited EU exports of subsidized sugar to 1.37 million metric tons.

The 2006 reform of the bloc’s sugar sector has “suppressed export subsidies” and therefore the ruling is “obsolete,” ASSUC said in the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Isis Almeida in London at ialmeida3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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