Original publication: October 2018
Author:Tomás García Azcárate, Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography, (Spanish Research Council – CSIC)
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Background

As explained by the Commission in its own presentation of the legislative proposals presented in June 2018, “the Common Market Organisation and its instruments remain largely unchanged”.

To highlight only 3 major issues, the safety net continues to be composed of public intervention and private storage aid, on one hand,  and exceptional measures on the other. Marketing standards and rules on farmers’ cooperation are unchanged.

 

Nevertheless, the Commission underlines “few important points for more effectiveness and simplification”:

  • The integration of sectoral interventions in the CAP plan Regulation (for fruit and vegetables, wine, olive oil, hops and apiculture).
  • The extension of the possibility to initiate sectorial interventions to other agricultural sectors.
  • Amendments to rules on geographical indications to make them more attractive and easier to manage.
  • The adjustment of allocations following the MFF proposal.
  • The deletion of a number of obsolete provisions.

On the main issues related to the single CMO, the Commission has followed the Resolution of the European Parliament of 30 may 2018 on the future of food and farming (mentioned later on as “the Resolution”).

The maintenance of the specific sectoral intervention has been also largely welcome by the different stakeholders.

Aim

This study serves to inform the members of the European Parliament, particularly the members of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, concerning both the remaining sectorial approach in the current CAP in general, and the current rules on farmers´ cooperation.

The European rules on Producer Organisations, their associations and the Interbranch Organisations deserve special attention. The paper presents briefly their historical evolution, taking into account of the period when the Commission has been more active on those files… and those when it has been more reluctant.

It concluded that the first version of regulation 1308/2013 ended in a ceremony of the confusion. The same wording “Producer Organisation” was used in the same regulation with 2 significantly different meanings.

The Omnibus regulation and the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice on the so-called “endive case”, represent important and positive steps in reducing the confusion and legal uncertainties. They merit special attention.

The paper underlines 7 relevant issues related to, but not included in, the CMO regulation:

It ends presenting 21 proposals that could deserve to be discussed and evaluated on how the European Parliament could improve the food chain value beyond 2020.

They are structured in 7 blocks on market data; EU public intervention; a more efficient and effective safety net; taking note of the “endive case” ruling; improving the rules for producers Organisations, their associations and the Interbranch Organisations; preventive market measures and addressing the prisoner’ s dilemma.

Link to the full study: http://bit.ly/617-503

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Figure 1. Layering model of agricultural risk management


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