CAP reforms are formally adopted
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CTA. 2003. CAP reforms are formally adopted. Agritrade, November 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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At the EU Agriculture Council in September 2003 the EU formally ...
At the EU Agriculture Council in September 2003 the EU formally adopted the regulations implementing the reforms agreed in June 2003. The Council also held preliminary discussions on the Commission proposals for reform of the olive oil, cotton and tobacco sectors. An options paper for sugar-sector reform was also discussed. The actions of the Council formally completed the legal process necessary for the implementation of the June 2003 CAP reform package. All the various regulations legally implementing the changes agreed can be found in the following sources. Comment: The sensitivity of the reform process faced in the sugar sector caused the Commission to refrain from submitting any specific proposals, preferring instead to put forward an 'options paper' for further political discussion. The degree of sensitivity is illustrated by the fact that the EU sugar industry's preferred option (the 'fixed quota' option) was not even mentioned in the Commission's press release since it is not seen as a viable option given the need for fundamental reform and the EU's existing international commitments. It should be borne in mind that the European Commission used the international commitments entered into by the EU under the EBA initiative to push through reforms in the rice sectors in 2003, reforms which only three years previously had been firmly resisted by member states under pressure from industry lobbies.