BETA


2006/0256(CNS) Cereals: common organisation of the market CMO

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AGRI GLATTFELDER Béla (icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE)
Committee Opinion BUDG
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
EC Treaty (after Amsterdam) EC 037-p2

Events

2007/06/29
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to amend Council Regulation (EC) 1784/2003 relating to the common orgaisation of the market in cereals with a view to the discontinuation of the use of intervention arrangements for maize.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Regulation (EC) No 735/2007 of 11 June 2007 amending Regulation (EC) No 1784/2003 on the common organisation of the market in cereals

CONTENT: the Council adopted a regulation introducing a ceiling on the quantities of maize eligible for intervention. Cyprus and Hungary abstained with Bulgaria, Denmark and Greece voting against.

The legal instrument for intervention is maintained pending the review of the functioning of the cereals common market organisation in the framework of the 2008 “health check” of the common agricultural policy (CMO).

The ceilings for Community intervention of maize are set as follows:

– 1.5 million tonnes for the 2007/2008 marketing year;

– 0.7 million tonnes for the 2008/02009 marketing year;

– 0 tonnes, as from the 2009/2010 marketing year.

The Commission issued a statement concerning the monitoring of the maize situation, the review of the cereals CMO and the possibility of increasing intervention quantities should market conditions require it. Poland also issued a statement.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 02/07/2007. The Regulation will be applicable from the 2007/2008 marketing year.

2007/06/14
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2007/06/11
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2007/06/11
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2007/06/11
   CSL - Council Meeting
2007/05/24
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2007/05/24
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the common organisation of the market in cereals. It departed from the position advocated by rapporteur, Béla Glattfelder (EPP-ED, HU) and the Agriculture Committee, which wanted to reject the Commission's proposal. Parliament instead voted for a package of amendments tabled by Socialist, Liberal and Green MEPs seeking to reduce public buying-in of maize gradually over a three-year period.

MEPs believe the sudden abolition of the intervention scheme as of this year would hit the new Member States hard, when spring sowing has already begun. They propose to cap the amounts of maize bought into intervention at 2 million tonnes for 2007/2008, 1 million tonnes in 2008/2009 and zero tonnes from 2009/2010.

Parliament also calls on the Commission to present by 31 December 2008 a report evaluating trends in the maize market, the economic situation of the sector and the possible abolition or extension of the intervention scheme, accompanied by fresh legislative proposals if appropriate.

Documents
2007/05/23
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2007/05/07
   CSL - Debate in Council
Documents
2007/05/07
   CSL - Council Meeting
2007/04/16
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2007/04/16
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2007/04/12
   EP - Vote in committee
Details

In adopting the report drafted by Béla GLATTFELDER (EPP-ED, HU) under the consultation procedure, with 24 votes in favour and 10 against, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development favoured the rejection of the European Commission’s proposal which seeks to abolish maize intervention from the 2007/08 marketing year onwards. Other amendments proposing a progressive reduction in intervention buying-in of maize down to zero tonnes in 2009/2010 and a reassessment of the situation at the end of 2008 were withdrawn as a result. The rapporteur proposes to reject the Commission's proposal on the following grounds:

it infringes the legitimate expectations of maize producers; it is not justified appropriately by market data; it fails to take into consideration the possible negative effects of the removal of maize from intervention on the cereal markets.

Based on experts’ estimates, the Rapporteur considers that the Commission’s calculations are based on the assumption that intervention stocks will grow in a linear way in the future. This does not tally with market trends such as the currently high market price of 120 euros/tonne, the lower than average harvest last year, a fall in the level of intervention stocks to 4.28 million tonnes by the end of 2006, as well as estimates of an increase in global consumption and the development of the biofuels market which could be an important outlet for maize.

2007/03/23
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2007/03/06
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2007/01/29
   CSL - Debate in Council
Details

The Council took note of Commissioner Fischer Boel’s presentation on the abolition of maize intervention and held an exchange of views on this matter.

Several Member States disagreed with the proposed abolition of the intervention system, which they consider necessary for market stability. They invited the Commission to postpone any decision at least until the effects on the market of the changes adopted in 2006 on maize quality requirements, had been gauged.

The Council invited the Special Committee on Agriculture to continue the examination of the proposal and to report to the Council on this matter.

Having noted that there was not a majority in favour of the proposal at this stage, Commissioner Fisher Boel indicated that the situation had changed dramatically since the accession of the new EU Member States. She took note of the worries expressed by some Member States and mentioned that the other proposal on financing intervention was intended to limit the impact on such regions (See: CNS/2007/0005 ), pointing out that it was necessary to change the system and indicated that she would co-operate with the Presidency to explore alternatives to abolition.

Documents
2007/01/29
   CSL - Council Meeting
2007/01/18
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2006/12/19
   EP - GLATTFELDER Béla (PPE-DE) appointed as rapporteur in AGRI
2006/12/15
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to discontinue the use of intervention arrangements for maize.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation.

BACKGROUND: the common market for cereals is set out in Council Regulation 1784/2003/EC on the common organisation of the market in cereals. The EU intervention system for cereals is a single floor price of EUR 101.31 per tonne and is applicable to all major cereals across the EU – including maize.

CONTENT: the purpose of this proposal is to remove maize from the intervention scheme from Regulation 1784/2003/EC, from 2007/08 onwards.

The reasons for doing so are five-fold:

- Firstly, the Commission is concerned that farmers in certain regions of the Community will continue to grow maize for intervention purposes only and, as a result, public stocks will continue to rise unnecessarily. The Commission estimates that by the end of 2013 public stocks of maize could, unless something is done, amount to 15.6 Mt.

- Secondly, and in accordance with recent CAP reforms, the Commission believes that maize farmers need to become more commercially minded and less dependant on public intervention schemes. Experience shows that removing rye from intervention mechanisms, in 2003, has made it a more dynamic, competitive and market-orientated cereal sector. Moreover, farmers have been receiving better prices.

- Thirdly, possible outlets for the soaring intervention stocks of maize are limited. International maize prices are the lowest of all major cereals and resale on the international market would be costly.

- Fourthly, the disposal of intervention stocks on the internal market is constrained by high transport costs between surplus and deficit areas.

- Fifthly, the long term storage of maize entails a number of difficulties. During storage, the quality of maize declined rapidly. The same can not be said of other cereals such as wheat or barley.

The impact of the proposal on maize farmers would be that:

- the production of maize would not decline significantly;

- maize grown in the surplus Central European regions will regain its competitiveness (both domestically and on world markets);

- the overall level of intervention stocks would diminish substantially;

- stocks would consist exclusively of cereals suitable for long-term storage (soft wheat and barley); and

- the long-term storage solutions would almost certainly be better located for trading purposes.

To complement this proposal, the Commission is submitting a proposed temporary amendment of financing conditions under the EAGF, for the cost of funds mobilised by the Member States for storage operations. This measure will offer some alleviation for the additional costs incurred by the Member States with very high interest rates.

In presenting this proposal the Commission is fulfilling the requirement to offer a simpler and more effective regulatory framework and as such the proposal should be viewed as a contribution towards the simplification of the CAP.

For a more detailed assessment of the budgetary implications of this proposal, please refer to the financial statement.

Documents

Activities

Votes

Rapport Glattfelder A6-0141/2007 - am. 3 #

2007/05/24 Outcome: +: 308, -: 251, 0: 4
GB NL FR BE DE RO BG IT DK EE LT ES PT IE CZ FI LU MT SI CY LV AT EL SE SK HU PL
Total
56
26
54
19
76
33
9
39
13
6
5
33
19
2
18
11
6
4
6
4
7
14
13
14
12
16
48
icon: PSE PSE
149

Estonia PSE

3

Lithuania PSE

For (1)

1

Czechia PSE

For (1)

1

Finland PSE

2

Luxembourg PSE

For (1)

1

Malta PSE

2

Slovenia PSE

For (1)

1

Greece PSE

2

Slovakia PSE

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
80

Estonia ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

1

Cyprus ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

1

Sweden ALDE

For (1)

1

Hungary ALDE

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
36

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

4

Belgium Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Italy Verts/ALE

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Spain Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
9

United Kingdom NI

2

Italy NI

1

Czechia NI

1

Slovakia NI

3
2
icon: IND/DEM IND/DEM
15

United Kingdom IND/DEM

4

Netherlands IND/DEM

2

France IND/DEM

Abstain (1)

1

Denmark IND/DEM

1

Ireland IND/DEM

For (1)

1

Czechia IND/DEM

Against (1)

1

Sweden IND/DEM

2

Poland IND/DEM

3
icon: ITS ITS
11
4

Belgium ITS

Against (1)

1
icon: UEN UEN
25

Denmark UEN

Abstain (1)

1

Lithuania UEN

Against (1)

1
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
30

Netherlands GUE/NGL

2

France GUE/NGL

2

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

2

Czechia GUE/NGL

3

Finland GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Greece GUE/NGL

2

Sweden GUE/NGL

2
icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE
208

Bulgaria PPE-DE

2

Denmark PPE-DE

For (1)

1

Estonia PPE-DE

Against (1)

1

Finland PPE-DE

3

Luxembourg PPE-DE

3

Malta PPE-DE

Against (2)

2

Slovenia PPE-DE

4

Cyprus PPE-DE

Against (1)

1

Latvia PPE-DE

Against (1)

1

Rapport Glattfelder A6-0141/2007 - résolution #

2007/05/24 Outcome: +: 326, -: 227, 0: 8
GB NL FR BE DE RO FI SE CZ BG EE DK LT IT LU PT LV IE MT SI ES CY SK AT HU EL PL
Total
55
26
53
19
75
33
11
14
17
9
6
13
6
39
6
19
6
2
4
6
32
4
13
14
15
13
51
icon: PSE PSE
148

Finland PSE

2

Czechia PSE

For (1)

1

Estonia PSE

3

Lithuania PSE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PSE

For (1)

1

Malta PSE

2

Slovenia PSE

For (1)

1

Slovakia PSE

2

Greece PSE

2
icon: ALDE ALDE
79

Sweden ALDE

Abstain (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

2

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

1

Spain ALDE

Against (1)

2

Cyprus ALDE

For (1)

1

Austria ALDE

1

Hungary ALDE

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
37

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

4

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Sweden Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Italy Verts/ALE

2

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Spain Verts/ALE

1

Austria Verts/ALE

2
icon: NI NI
9

United Kingdom NI

2

Czechia NI

1

Italy NI

1
2
icon: ITS ITS
10

France ITS

3

Belgium ITS

Against (1)

1
icon: IND/DEM IND/DEM
15

United Kingdom IND/DEM

4

Netherlands IND/DEM

2

France IND/DEM

Abstain (1)

1

Sweden IND/DEM

2

Czechia IND/DEM

Against (1)

1

Denmark IND/DEM

Against (1)

1

Ireland IND/DEM

Against (1)

1

Poland IND/DEM

3
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
30

Netherlands GUE/NGL

2

France GUE/NGL

2

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

2

Czechia GUE/NGL

3

Denmark GUE/NGL

1

Portugal GUE/NGL

2

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Greece GUE/NGL

2
icon: UEN UEN
29

Denmark UEN

Against (1)

1

Lithuania UEN

Against (1)

1
icon: PPE-DE PPE-DE
204

Finland PPE-DE

For (1)

3

Bulgaria PPE-DE

2

Estonia PPE-DE

Against (1)

1

Denmark PPE-DE

For (1)

1

Lithuania PPE-DE

1

Luxembourg PPE-DE

3

Malta PPE-DE

Against (2)

2

Slovenia PPE-DE

4

Cyprus PPE-DE

Against (1)

1
5

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

docs/0/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE384.235
New
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/EN&reference=PE384.235
docs/1/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE386.524
New
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/EN&reference=PE386.524
docs/2/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-6-2007-0141_EN.html
New
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-6-2007-0141_EN.html
docs/3/docs/0/url
/oeil/spdoc.do?i=13506&j=0&l=en
events/1/type
Old
Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
New
Committee referral announced in Parliament
events/3/type
Old
Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
New
Vote in committee
events/4/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-6-2007-0141_EN.html
New
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-6-2007-0141_EN.html
events/6/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20070523&type=CRE
New
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/EN&reference=20070523&type=CRE
events/8
date
2007-05-24T00:00:00
type
Decision by Parliament
body
EP
docs
url: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-6-2007-0208_EN.html title: T6-0208/2007
summary
events/8
date
2007-05-24T00:00:00
type
Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
body
EP
docs
url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-6-2007-0208_EN.html title: T6-0208/2007
summary
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Agriculture and Rural Development
committee
AGRI
rapporteur
name: GLATTFELDER Béla date: 2006-12-19T00:00:00 group: European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats abbr: PPE-DE
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Agriculture and Rural Development
committee
AGRI
date
2006-12-19T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: GLATTFELDER Béla group: European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats abbr: PPE-DE
docs/2/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-141&language=EN
New
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-6-2007-0141_EN.html
docs/3/body
EC
events/4/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-141&language=EN
New
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/A-6-2007-0141_EN.html
events/8/docs/0/url
Old
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2007-208
New
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-6-2007-0208_EN.html
activities
  • date: 2006-12-15T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2006/0755/COM_COM(2006)0755_EN.pdf title: COM(2006)0755 type: Legislative proposal published celexid: CELEX:52006PC0755:EN body: EC commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/ title: Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner: FISCHER BOEL Mariann type: Legislative proposal published
  • date: 2007-01-18T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AGRI date: 2006-12-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: GLATTFELDER Béla body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG
  • body: CSL meeting_id: 2777 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2777*&MEET_DATE=29/01/2007 type: Debate in Council title: 2777 council: Agriculture and Fisheries date: 2007-01-29T00:00:00 type: Council Meeting
  • date: 2007-04-12T00:00:00 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AGRI date: 2006-12-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: GLATTFELDER Béla body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • date: 2007-04-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-141&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading title: A6-0141/2007 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AGRI date: 2006-12-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: GLATTFELDER Béla body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
  • body: CSL meeting_id: 2797 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2797*&MEET_DATE=07/05/2007 type: Debate in Council title: 2797 council: Agriculture and Fisheries date: 2007-05-07T00:00:00 type: Council Meeting
  • date: 2007-05-23T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20070523&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2007-05-24T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=13506&l=en type: Results of vote in Parliament title: Results of vote in Parliament url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2007-208 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T6-0208/2007 body: EP type: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Agriculture and Fisheries meeting_id: 2806
  • date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00 body: EP type: End of procedure in Parliament
  • date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00 body: EP/CSL type: Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
  • date: 2007-06-29T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32007R0735 title: Regulation 2007/735 url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2007:169:TOC title: OJ L 169 29.06.2007, p. 0006
commission
  • body: EC dg: Agriculture and Rural Development commissioner: FISCHER BOEL Mariann
committees/0
type
Responsible Committee
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Agriculture and Rural Development
committee
AGRI
date
2006-12-19T00:00:00
rapporteur
name: GLATTFELDER Béla group: European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats abbr: PPE-DE
committees/0
body
EP
responsible
True
committee
AGRI
date
2006-12-19T00:00:00
committee_full
Agriculture and Rural Development
rapporteur
group: PPE-DE name: GLATTFELDER Béla
committees/1
type
Committee Opinion
body
EP
associated
False
committee_full
Budgets
committee
BUDG
opinion
False
committees/1
body
EP
responsible
False
committee_full
Budgets
committee
BUDG
council
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Agriculture and Fisheries meeting_id: 2806 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2806*&MEET_DATE=11/06/2007 date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Agriculture and Fisheries meeting_id: 2797 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2797*&MEET_DATE=07/05/2007 date: 2007-05-07T00:00:00
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Agriculture and Fisheries meeting_id: 2777 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2777*&MEET_DATE=29/01/2007 date: 2007-01-29T00:00:00
docs
  • date: 2007-03-06T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE384.235 title: PE384.235 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2007-03-23T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE386.524 title: PE386.524 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
  • date: 2007-04-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-141&language=EN title: A6-0141/2007 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2007-06-14T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=13506&j=0&l=en title: SP(2007)3179 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
events
  • date: 2006-12-15T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2006/0755/COM_COM(2006)0755_EN.pdf title: COM(2006)0755 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2006&nu_doc=755 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to discontinue the use of intervention arrangements for maize. PROPOSED ACT: Council Regulation. BACKGROUND: the common market for cereals is set out in Council Regulation 1784/2003/EC on the common organisation of the market in cereals. The EU intervention system for cereals is a single floor price of EUR 101.31 per tonne and is applicable to all major cereals across the EU – including maize. CONTENT: the purpose of this proposal is to remove maize from the intervention scheme from Regulation 1784/2003/EC, from 2007/08 onwards. The reasons for doing so are five-fold: - Firstly, the Commission is concerned that farmers in certain regions of the Community will continue to grow maize for intervention purposes only and, as a result, public stocks will continue to rise unnecessarily. The Commission estimates that by the end of 2013 public stocks of maize could, unless something is done, amount to 15.6 Mt. - Secondly, and in accordance with recent CAP reforms, the Commission believes that maize farmers need to become more commercially minded and less dependant on public intervention schemes. Experience shows that removing rye from intervention mechanisms, in 2003, has made it a more dynamic, competitive and market-orientated cereal sector. Moreover, farmers have been receiving better prices. - Thirdly, possible outlets for the soaring intervention stocks of maize are limited. International maize prices are the lowest of all major cereals and resale on the international market would be costly. - Fourthly, the disposal of intervention stocks on the internal market is constrained by high transport costs between surplus and deficit areas. - Fifthly, the long term storage of maize entails a number of difficulties. During storage, the quality of maize declined rapidly. The same can not be said of other cereals such as wheat or barley. The impact of the proposal on maize farmers would be that: - the production of maize would not decline significantly; - maize grown in the surplus Central European regions will regain its competitiveness (both domestically and on world markets); - the overall level of intervention stocks would diminish substantially; - stocks would consist exclusively of cereals suitable for long-term storage (soft wheat and barley); and - the long-term storage solutions would almost certainly be better located for trading purposes. To complement this proposal, the Commission is submitting a proposed temporary amendment of financing conditions under the EAGF, for the cost of funds mobilised by the Member States for storage operations. This measure will offer some alleviation for the additional costs incurred by the Member States with very high interest rates. In presenting this proposal the Commission is fulfilling the requirement to offer a simpler and more effective regulatory framework and as such the proposal should be viewed as a contribution towards the simplification of the CAP. For a more detailed assessment of the budgetary implications of this proposal, please refer to the financial statement.
  • date: 2007-01-18T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2007-01-29T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2777*&MEET_DATE=29/01/2007 title: 2777 summary: The Council took note of Commissioner Fischer Boel’s presentation on the abolition of maize intervention and held an exchange of views on this matter. Several Member States disagreed with the proposed abolition of the intervention system, which they consider necessary for market stability. They invited the Commission to postpone any decision at least until the effects on the market of the changes adopted in 2006 on maize quality requirements, had been gauged. The Council invited the Special Committee on Agriculture to continue the examination of the proposal and to report to the Council on this matter. Having noted that there was not a majority in favour of the proposal at this stage, Commissioner Fisher Boel indicated that the situation had changed dramatically since the accession of the new EU Member States. She took note of the worries expressed by some Member States and mentioned that the other proposal on financing intervention was intended to limit the impact on such regions (See: CNS/2007/0005 ), pointing out that it was necessary to change the system and indicated that she would co-operate with the Presidency to explore alternatives to abolition.
  • date: 2007-04-12T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: In adopting the report drafted by Béla GLATTFELDER (EPP-ED, HU) under the consultation procedure, with 24 votes in favour and 10 against, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development favoured the rejection of the European Commission’s proposal which seeks to abolish maize intervention from the 2007/08 marketing year onwards. Other amendments proposing a progressive reduction in intervention buying-in of maize down to zero tonnes in 2009/2010 and a reassessment of the situation at the end of 2008 were withdrawn as a result. The rapporteur proposes to reject the Commission's proposal on the following grounds: it infringes the legitimate expectations of maize producers; it is not justified appropriately by market data; it fails to take into consideration the possible negative effects of the removal of maize from intervention on the cereal markets. Based on experts’ estimates, the Rapporteur considers that the Commission’s calculations are based on the assumption that intervention stocks will grow in a linear way in the future. This does not tally with market trends such as the currently high market price of 120 euros/tonne, the lower than average harvest last year, a fall in the level of intervention stocks to 4.28 million tonnes by the end of 2006, as well as estimates of an increase in global consumption and the development of the biofuels market which could be an important outlet for maize.
  • date: 2007-04-16T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-141&language=EN title: A6-0141/2007
  • date: 2007-05-07T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2797*&MEET_DATE=07/05/2007 title: 2797
  • date: 2007-05-23T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20070523&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2007-05-24T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=13506&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2007-05-24T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2007-208 title: T6-0208/2007 summary: The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the common organisation of the market in cereals. It departed from the position advocated by rapporteur, Béla Glattfelder (EPP-ED, HU) and the Agriculture Committee, which wanted to reject the Commission's proposal. Parliament instead voted for a package of amendments tabled by Socialist, Liberal and Green MEPs seeking to reduce public buying-in of maize gradually over a three-year period. MEPs believe the sudden abolition of the intervention scheme as of this year would hit the new Member States hard, when spring sowing has already begun. They propose to cap the amounts of maize bought into intervention at 2 million tonnes for 2007/2008, 1 million tonnes in 2008/2009 and zero tonnes from 2009/2010. Parliament also calls on the Commission to present by 31 December 2008 a report evaluating trends in the maize market, the economic situation of the sector and the possible abolition or extension of the intervention scheme, accompanied by fresh legislative proposals if appropriate.
  • date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00 type: Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament body: EP/CSL
  • date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00 type: End of procedure in Parliament body: EP
  • date: 2007-06-29T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to amend Council Regulation (EC) 1784/2003 relating to the common orgaisation of the market in cereals with a view to the discontinuation of the use of intervention arrangements for maize. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Regulation (EC) No 735/2007 of 11 June 2007 amending Regulation (EC) No 1784/2003 on the common organisation of the market in cereals CONTENT: the Council adopted a regulation introducing a ceiling on the quantities of maize eligible for intervention. Cyprus and Hungary abstained with Bulgaria, Denmark and Greece voting against. The legal instrument for intervention is maintained pending the review of the functioning of the cereals common market organisation in the framework of the 2008 “health check” of the common agricultural policy (CMO). The ceilings for Community intervention of maize are set as follows: – 1.5 million tonnes for the 2007/2008 marketing year; – 0.7 million tonnes for the 2008/02009 marketing year; – 0 tonnes, as from the 2009/2010 marketing year. The Commission issued a statement concerning the monitoring of the maize situation, the review of the cereals CMO and the possibility of increasing intervention quantities should market conditions require it. Poland also issued a statement. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 02/07/2007. The Regulation will be applicable from the 2007/2008 marketing year. docs: title: Regulation 2007/735 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32007R0735 title: OJ L 169 29.06.2007, p. 0006 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOHtml.do?uri=OJ:L:2007:169:SOM:EN:HTML
other
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Former Council configuration
  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/ title: Agriculture and Rural Development commissioner: FISCHER BOEL Mariann
procedure/dossier_of_the_committee
Old
AGRI/6/44135
New
  • AGRI/6/44135
procedure/final/url
Old
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32007R0735
New
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32007R0735
procedure/instrument
Old
Regulation
New
  • Regulation
  • Amending Regulation (EC) No 1784/2003 2003/0008(CNS)
procedure/subject
Old
  • 3.10.03 Marketing and trade of agricultural products and livestock
  • 3.10.06.03 Cereals, rice
New
3.10.03
Marketing and trade of agricultural products and livestock
3.10.06.03
Cereals, rice
procedure/summary
  • Amending Regulation (EC) No 1784/2003
links/European Commission/title
Old
PreLex
New
EUR-Lex
activities
  • date: 2006-12-15T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2006/0755/COM_COM(2006)0755_EN.pdf celexid: CELEX:52006PC0755:EN type: Legislative proposal published title: COM(2006)0755 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC commission: DG: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/ title: Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner: FISCHER BOEL Mariann
  • date: 2007-01-18T00:00:00 body: EP type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AGRI date: 2006-12-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: GLATTFELDER Béla body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG
  • body: CSL meeting_id: 2777 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2777*&MEET_DATE=29/01/2007 type: Debate in Council title: 2777 council: Agriculture and Fisheries date: 2007-01-29T00:00:00 type: Council Meeting
  • date: 2007-04-12T00:00:00 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AGRI date: 2006-12-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: GLATTFELDER Béla body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • date: 2007-04-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A6-2007-141&language=EN type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading title: A6-0141/2007 body: EP committees: body: EP responsible: True committee: AGRI date: 2006-12-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: GLATTFELDER Béla body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
  • body: CSL meeting_id: 2797 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=2797*&MEET_DATE=07/05/2007 type: Debate in Council title: 2797 council: Agriculture and Fisheries date: 2007-05-07T00:00:00 type: Council Meeting
  • date: 2007-05-23T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20070523&type=CRE type: Debate in Parliament title: Debate in Parliament body: EP type: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2007-05-24T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=13506&l=en type: Results of vote in Parliament title: Results of vote in Parliament url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P6-TA-2007-208 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading title: T6-0208/2007 body: EP type: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00 body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Agriculture and Fisheries meeting_id: 2806
  • date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00 body: EP type: End of procedure in Parliament
  • date: 2007-06-11T00:00:00 body: EP/CSL type: Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
  • date: 2007-06-29T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal docs: url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32007R0735 title: Regulation 2007/735 url: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2007:169:TOC title: OJ L 169 29.06.2007, p. 0006
committees
  • body: EP responsible: True committee: AGRI date: 2006-12-19T00:00:00 committee_full: Agriculture and Rural Development rapporteur: group: PPE-DE name: GLATTFELDER Béla
  • body: EP responsible: False committee_full: Budgets committee: BUDG
links
National parliaments
European Commission
other
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Former Council configuration
  • body: EC dg: url: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/agriculture/ title: Agriculture and Rural Development commissioner: FISCHER BOEL Mariann
procedure
dossier_of_the_committee
AGRI/6/44135
reference
2006/0256(CNS)
instrument
Regulation
legal_basis
EC Treaty (after Amsterdam) EC 037-p2
stage_reached
Procedure completed
summary
Amending Regulation (EC) No 1784/2003
subtype
Legislation
title
Cereals: common organisation of the market CMO
type
CNS - Consultation procedure
final
subject