A final push on CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) on 26th June included the decision to end the EU’s sugar quota regime at the end of September 2017. This is a compromise between the initial positions of the European Parliament (2020) and European Commission (2015).
The formal adoption of all the reforms will come later in 2013 after approval by the European Council and Parliament. For now, the Commission notes that standard provisions for agreements between sugar factories and growers will be maintained (e.g. where the NFU (National Farmers Union) negotiates with AB Sugar on behalf of UK beet farmers). For the period after quotas, white sugar will also remain eligible for private storage aid.