The EU can intervene in certain agricultural markets if supply exceeds demand. In Sweden, the Board of Agriculture is the authority that handles the actual transactions - buying and storing the surplus quantities.
Products that can be subject to intervention
The following products can be subject to public intervention: barley, wheat, skimmed milk powder, beef, and butter. Products must fulfil certain quality criteria in order to be eligible.
Public intervention is open as follows:
Wheat: 1 November-31 May
Butter and skimmed milk powder: 1 Mars-30 September
Beef and veal: anytime, if the EU price is below a certain level.
Selling from intervention stocks
The products purchased by the intervention agency will later be sold, either within the EU or to a non-member country. Normally the intervention product is sold through a tendering procedure.
Whenever the Board of Agriculture sells products from intervention stocks, we announce it here.
For more information about intervention in Sweden, please contact the Enterprise Support Unit or read our Swedish pages on intervention.