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The Q dairies are warning of a lawsuit if subsidies are cut

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When Agriculture Minister Geir Pollestad (Sp) presented the changes, he said that the government does not want to spend more money than necessary to maintain competition. Photo: Emilie Holtet / NTB

Of NTB | 06.05.2024 04:24:33

In December, the government introduced changes to the competition-promoting measures in the industry. The changes are planned to come into force on 1 July. This could lead to the Q dairies losing 50 million annually in subsidies, writes E24

However, the Q dairies believe that the changes are invalid, according to a letter that the newspaper has seen. According to the company, the case management has not been good enough. Furthermore, they believe that the changes will constitute a breach of the so-called “milk settlement” from 2007, which resulted in support schemes for independent dairy companies.

The Q dairies also believe that “the unenforced doctrine of abuse of power” is a legitimate reason for a possible lawsuit.

– If, contrary to presumption, a decision were to be made in accordance with the consultation memorandum, (…) it is notified that Q-Meieriene will consider taking legal action in connection with the matter, without further notice, the company writes.

When Agriculture Minister Geir Pollestad (Sp) presented the changes, he said that the government does not want to spend more money than necessary to maintain competition.

(© NTB)

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