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The simplification of the common market organisation in fruit and vegetables

Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament

The report describes how the Commission managed to follow, in the years 2002, 2003 and 2004, the Council requests to act on certain areas of shortcomings identified in the functioning of the fruit and vegetables CMO. It is also intended to stimulate a debate that will take place in the Council and in the other institutions on the future of the sector. Depending on the outcome of this debate, the report could be followed by legislative proposals in due course. According to the report, in recent years, the Commission undertook action to simplify existing rules, particularly in order to help the implementation of the CMO in the New Member States, to increase the legal security for producer organisations and national administrations, as well as to increase subsidiarity and flexibility when needed. The report says that the rules for applying the CMO are significantly easier and a real benefit for stakeholders can be expected.

The sectors concerned by the simplification package have been the fresh fruit and vegetable sector, processed fruit and vegetables (tomatoes, peaches and pears), the citrus sector and nuts. The intervention schemes as well as the management of export refunds were also concerned by the simplification plan.

The report includes a list of open strategic questions regarding the future of the Common Market Organisation, such as: How to improve organisation of supply in the new Members States? Is there a need for a reform the basics of the CMO? How to better guarantee the supply of quality products?

(August 2004)

"Analysis of the common market organisation in fruit and vegetables" (Commission staff working document)

With a view to providing a solid background for the debate on the abovementioned strategic questions the Commission services have prepared a working document presenting an analysis of the principal figures of the sector, of budgetary issues in the recent years and of the implementation of one of the CMO's pillars, the producer organisations (POs) and the related Operational Funds.

(September 2004)

 

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