Proposals for reform of the olive oil regime are advanced
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CTA. 2003. Proposals for reform of the olive oil regime are advanced. Agritrade, November 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A communication containing proposals for reform of the EU olive-oil ...
A communication containing proposals for reform of the EU olive-oil regime was forwarded by the European Commission to the EU Council and European Parliament on September 23rd 2003. There are concerns that a complete conversion into a single decoupled payment scheme could lead to land abandonment in traditional olive-growing areas, so partial decoupling, with 60% of payments to be decoupled and incorporated into the single farm payment scheme is proposed. 40% of payments are to remain within national envelopes, nominally not linked to production but linked to the maintenance of olive groves, the soil and the environment. Full details of the reform proposals and their likely impact can be found in the Commission communication to the Council and European Parliament (COM (2003) 544 final). It is anticipated that adhesion to the single farm payment scheme will result in more stable incomes for olive-oil producers, due to the greater efficiency of direct aid payment schemes in getting money into farmers pockets.