Within the egg marketing negotiations, the different market situations and climatic conditions within Member States predispose delegates to certain views. For example, in the UK we are most familiar with ‘free range’ and ‘barn’ production, in Finland it is ‘deep litter’ and in Greece there is non SMT production. On points of detail, there is a clear divergence of view on whether the external stocking density for free range should be 1,000 (existing free range) or 4,000 hens (existing semi intensive) per hectare. The UK view is that the existing 1,000 figure should be retained. Several Member States wanted to retain the distinction between ‘deep litter’ and ‘barn/perchery’ eggs rather that merge the criteria and use on term - ‘barn’.