Opening Private Storage Aid for butter, selected cheeses and SMP is welcome. However, it is a temporary measure. Export refunds would provide a much more permanent solution. Such a move would allow product to be traded and, more importantly, consumed across a wider range of markets. In the run-up to the handover of the agricultural portfolio, Commissioner Ciolos must be prepared to take decisive action to prevent contagion. 2009 showed the impact of the EU failing to respond quickly. The current market situation is a geopolitical issue. Calls for financial support outside of the agricultural crisis reserve fund are well founded, as are calls for any superlevy fines to be ring-fenced to provide market supports.