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2013/2097(INI) Maintaining milk production in mountain areas, disadvantaged areas and outermost regions after the expiry of the milk quota regime

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RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AGRI DORFMANN Herbert (icon: PPE PPE) ALVES Luís Paulo (icon: S&D S&D)
Lead committee dossier:
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Events

2014/05/06
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2013/12/11
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2013/12/11
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on maintaining milk production in mountain areas, disadvantaged areas and outermost regions after the expiry of the milk quota.

Europe’s dairy sector will experience a major shift after expiry of the quotas in 2015. This substantial change is likely to cause market disruptions to the dairy sector, especially in the less favoured areas and the outermost regions. For these areas, milk production is often the only source of income and the local community depends heavily on the dairy sector.

In order to secure a stable future for the sector and to avoid the depopulation of rural areas, Parliament recommended additional measures be taken at European level.

Strengthened assistance: in view of the irreplaceable nature of milk production in some outermost regions, Members called on the European Commission and the Member States to use, in these regions, the POSEI programmes to strengthen support in the area of direct payments and market measures and the rural development programmes to strengthen support under the second pillar of the CAP.

The expiry of the milk quota in mountain areas and in the outermost regions must be evaluated separately, in light of the particular characteristics of such areas. Particular attention should be paid to the needs of small farms in these areas.

Direct payments under the first pillar: these payments, even under the current CAP reform, are based on historic reference amounts, which can seriously disadvantage grassland areas and milk production in these regions. Parliament, therefore, called on Member States affected by such situations to introduce without delay a system correct the disadvantage suffered by these regions when implementing agricultural reforms at national level.

Parliament considered it essential that a stock grazing premium be earmarked under the first pillar of the CAP and under the POSEI in the outermost regions for farms with grazing and forage areas for livestock.

It also stressed the important role of coupled payments under the first agricultural policy pillar.

Parliament takes the view that permanent grassland and pastureland , which can generally be used for no other purpose than cattle, sheep and goat breeding in these areas, must never be treated as inferior to other types of farmland for the purpose of calculating direct payments from the first pillar.

Rural development (second pillar): Parliament called on the Member States and regions to formulate, where applicable, a specific rural development programme for milk production in these areas in the framework of rural development.

Members stressed that second-pillar measures (e.g. compensation allowances, agro-environmental premiums, individual or collective investment aid for production, processing and marketing, start-up aid for young farmers and aid to promote quality, diversification, innovation) were of great importance for sustainable milk production in these areas. Therefore, they urged that:

Member States and regions be given the level of funding and the necessary opportunities to ensure the payment of adequate and clearly differentiated compensatory allowances ; sustainable and organic forms of agriculture be supported; adequate compensation payments should offset the higher investment costs of milk production in mountain areas and outermost regions.

Parliament also called for initiatives concerning in-situ processing and marketing on farms or in mountain pastures to be funded under the second CAP pillar.

Other measures: Members called for the introduction of measures to allow the production of typical products in an artisanal way and for hygiene and marketing rules to be adjustable to the size of markets and their demands.

Small farmers in mountain areas and disadvantaged areas should be supported in establishing producer organisations which strengthen their bargaining power.

The Commission is called upon to:

redefine a coherent rural and milk development programme for mountain areas, for disadvantaged milk production areas and for Member States where most of the milk is produced by very small farms; develop programmes in cooperation with producers, producers’ associations and marketing bodies – based, for example, on the fundraising model – to reduce the impact of the anticipated rapid decline in milk prices; implement the EU school milk programme more efficiently; bear in mind the special characteristics of products with a protected designation of origi n in the context of the definition and application of the new ‘mountain product’ designation.

Parliament stressed that a milk production market monitoring tool ( Milk Observatory ) is needed to provide early warning of the risks of market imbalances. It called on the Commission to closely follow the development of milk production in mountain areas, disadvantaged areas and outermost regions and to review the economic impact of the expiry of milk quotas on dairy farms. It called on the Commission to submit to the European Parliament and the Council a report addressing this issue by 2017, accompanied by a legislative proposal if milk production has decreased significantly in these regions.

Documents
2013/12/11
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2013/11/13
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development adopted the own-initiative report by Herbert DORFMANN (EPP, IT) on maintaining milk production in mountain areas, disadvantaged areas and outermost regions after the expiry of the milk quota.

Europe’s dairy sector will experience a major shift after expiry of the quotas in 2015. This substantial change is likely to cause market disruptions to the dairy sector, especially in the less favoured areas and the outermost regions. For these areas, milk production is often the only source of income and the local community depends heavily on the dairy sector.

In order to secure a stable future for the sector and to avoid the depopulation of rural areas along with negative economic and environmental consequences, further steps at European level are required.

Given the irreplaceable nature of milk production in some outermost regions, Member called on the European Commission and the Member States to use, in these regions, the POSEI programmes to strengthen support in the area of direct payments and market measures and the rural development programmes to strengthen support under the second pillar of the CAP.

Members considered it essential that a stock grazing premium be earmarked under the first pillar of the CAP and under the POSEI in the outermost regions for farms with grazing and forage areas for livestock.

They also stressed the important role of coupled payments under the first agricultural policy pillar.

The report also called on the Member States and regions to formulate, where applicable, a specific rural development programme for milk production in these areas in the framework of rural development.

Members stressed that second-pillar measures (e.g. compensation allowances, agro-environmental premiums, individual or collective investment aid for production, processing and marketing, start-up aid for young farmers and aid to promote quality, diversification, innovation) were of great importance for sustainable milk production in these areas. Therefore, they urged that:

Member States and regions be given the level of funding and the necessary opportunities to ensure the payment of adequate and clearly differentiated compensatory allowances ; sustainable and organic forms of agriculture be supported; adequate compensation payments from the second CAP pillar should offset the higher investment costs of milk production in mountain areas and outermost regions.

The report also pointed out that initiatives concerning in-situ processing and marketing on farms or in mountain pastures should be funded under the second CAP pillar. It also stated that small farmers in mountains areas and disadvantaged areas should be supported in establishing producer organisations which strengthen their bargaining power.

The Commission is called upon to:

redefine a coherent rural and milk development programme for mountain areas, for disadvantaged milk production areas and for Member States where most of the milk is produced by very small farms; develop programmes in cooperation with producers, producers’ associations and marketing bodies – based, for example, on the fundraising model – to reduce the impact of the anticipated rapid decline in milk prices; implement the EU school milk programme more efficiently; bear in mind the special characteristics of products with a protected designation of origin in the framework of the definition and application of the new ‘mountain product’ designation.

Members called on the Commission to closely follow the development of milk production in these areas and to review the economic impact of the expiry of milk quotas on dairy farms in these areas. They asked the Commission to submit to the European Parliament and the Council a report addressing this issue by 2017, accompanied by a legislative proposal if milk production has decreased significantly in these regions.

Documents
2013/11/05
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2013/09/18
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2013/07/18
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2013/06/10
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2013/01/31
   EP - DORFMANN Herbert (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in AGRI

Documents

AmendmentsDossier
154 2013/2097(INI)
2013/09/18 AGRI 154 amendments...
source: PE-506.030

History

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  • date: 2014-05-06T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=23673&j=0&l=en title: SP(2014)260 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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  • date: 2013-11-13T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2013-0383&language=EN title: A7-0383/2013 summary: The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development adopted the own-initiative report by Herbert DORFMANN (EPP, IT) on maintaining milk production in mountain areas, disadvantaged areas and outermost regions after the expiry of the milk quota. Europe’s dairy sector will experience a major shift after expiry of the quotas in 2015. This substantial change is likely to cause market disruptions to the dairy sector, especially in the less favoured areas and the outermost regions. For these areas, milk production is often the only source of income and the local community depends heavily on the dairy sector. In order to secure a stable future for the sector and to avoid the depopulation of rural areas along with negative economic and environmental consequences, further steps at European level are required. Given the irreplaceable nature of milk production in some outermost regions, Member called on the European Commission and the Member States to use, in these regions, the POSEI programmes to strengthen support in the area of direct payments and market measures and the rural development programmes to strengthen support under the second pillar of the CAP. Members considered it essential that a stock grazing premium be earmarked under the first pillar of the CAP and under the POSEI in the outermost regions for farms with grazing and forage areas for livestock. They also stressed the important role of coupled payments under the first agricultural policy pillar. The report also called on the Member States and regions to formulate, where applicable, a specific rural development programme for milk production in these areas in the framework of rural development. Members stressed that second-pillar measures (e.g. compensation allowances, agro-environmental premiums, individual or collective investment aid for production, processing and marketing, start-up aid for young farmers and aid to promote quality, diversification, innovation) were of great importance for sustainable milk production in these areas. Therefore, they urged that: Member States and regions be given the level of funding and the necessary opportunities to ensure the payment of adequate and clearly differentiated compensatory allowances ; sustainable and organic forms of agriculture be supported; adequate compensation payments from the second CAP pillar should offset the higher investment costs of milk production in mountain areas and outermost regions. The report also pointed out that initiatives concerning in-situ processing and marketing on farms or in mountain pastures should be funded under the second CAP pillar. It also stated that small farmers in mountains areas and disadvantaged areas should be supported in establishing producer organisations which strengthen their bargaining power. The Commission is called upon to: redefine a coherent rural and milk development programme for mountain areas, for disadvantaged milk production areas and for Member States where most of the milk is produced by very small farms; develop programmes in cooperation with producers, producers’ associations and marketing bodies – based, for example, on the fundraising model – to reduce the impact of the anticipated rapid decline in milk prices; implement the EU school milk programme more efficiently; bear in mind the special characteristics of products with a protected designation of origin in the framework of the definition and application of the new ‘mountain product’ designation. Members called on the Commission to closely follow the development of milk production in these areas and to review the economic impact of the expiry of milk quotas on dairy farms in these areas. They asked the Commission to submit to the European Parliament and the Council a report addressing this issue by 2017, accompanied by a legislative proposal if milk production has decreased significantly in these regions.
  • date: 2013-12-11T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=23673&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2013-12-11T00:00:00 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=P7-TA-2013-0577 title: T7-0577/2013 summary: The European Parliament adopted a resolution on maintaining milk production in mountain areas, disadvantaged areas and outermost regions after the expiry of the milk quota. Europe’s dairy sector will experience a major shift after expiry of the quotas in 2015. This substantial change is likely to cause market disruptions to the dairy sector, especially in the less favoured areas and the outermost regions. For these areas, milk production is often the only source of income and the local community depends heavily on the dairy sector. In order to secure a stable future for the sector and to avoid the depopulation of rural areas, Parliament recommended additional measures be taken at European level. Strengthened assistance: in view of the irreplaceable nature of milk production in some outermost regions, Members called on the European Commission and the Member States to use, in these regions, the POSEI programmes to strengthen support in the area of direct payments and market measures and the rural development programmes to strengthen support under the second pillar of the CAP. The expiry of the milk quota in mountain areas and in the outermost regions must be evaluated separately, in light of the particular characteristics of such areas. Particular attention should be paid to the needs of small farms in these areas. Direct payments under the first pillar: these payments, even under the current CAP reform, are based on historic reference amounts, which can seriously disadvantage grassland areas and milk production in these regions. Parliament, therefore, called on Member States affected by such situations to introduce without delay a system correct the disadvantage suffered by these regions when implementing agricultural reforms at national level. Parliament considered it essential that a stock grazing premium be earmarked under the first pillar of the CAP and under the POSEI in the outermost regions for farms with grazing and forage areas for livestock. It also stressed the important role of coupled payments under the first agricultural policy pillar. Parliament takes the view that permanent grassland and pastureland , which can generally be used for no other purpose than cattle, sheep and goat breeding in these areas, must never be treated as inferior to other types of farmland for the purpose of calculating direct payments from the first pillar. Rural development (second pillar): Parliament called on the Member States and regions to formulate, where applicable, a specific rural development programme for milk production in these areas in the framework of rural development. Members stressed that second-pillar measures (e.g. compensation allowances, agro-environmental premiums, individual or collective investment aid for production, processing and marketing, start-up aid for young farmers and aid to promote quality, diversification, innovation) were of great importance for sustainable milk production in these areas. Therefore, they urged that: Member States and regions be given the level of funding and the necessary opportunities to ensure the payment of adequate and clearly differentiated compensatory allowances ; sustainable and organic forms of agriculture be supported; adequate compensation payments should offset the higher investment costs of milk production in mountain areas and outermost regions. Parliament also called for initiatives concerning in-situ processing and marketing on farms or in mountain pastures to be funded under the second CAP pillar. Other measures: Members called for the introduction of measures to allow the production of typical products in an artisanal way and for hygiene and marketing rules to be adjustable to the size of markets and their demands. Small farmers in mountain areas and disadvantaged areas should be supported in establishing producer organisations which strengthen their bargaining power. The Commission is called upon to: redefine a coherent rural and milk development programme for mountain areas, for disadvantaged milk production areas and for Member States where most of the milk is produced by very small farms; develop programmes in cooperation with producers, producers’ associations and marketing bodies – based, for example, on the fundraising model – to reduce the impact of the anticipated rapid decline in milk prices; implement the EU school milk programme more efficiently; bear in mind the special characteristics of products with a protected designation of origi n in the context of the definition and application of the new ‘mountain product’ designation. Parliament stressed that a milk production market monitoring tool ( Milk Observatory ) is needed to provide early warning of the risks of market imbalances. It called on the Commission to closely follow the development of milk production in mountain areas, disadvantaged areas and outermost regions and to review the economic impact of the expiry of milk quotas on dairy farms. It called on the Commission to submit to the European Parliament and the Council a report addressing this issue by 2017, accompanied by a legislative proposal if milk production has decreased significantly in these regions.
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Maintaining milk production in mountain areas, disadvantaged areas and outermost regions after the expiry of the milk quota regime
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