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By A. Piccinini, M. Loseby

The ebook describes the context during which the typical Agricultural coverage of the ecu Union has been validated, the elemental mechanisms of the coverage for the most sectors of agricultural creation and their model through the years according to alterations within the broader international economic climate; the adjustments in japanese Europe, the issues of constructing international locations and the GATT-WTO contract particularly. An creation by way of Franz Fischler, ecu Commissioner with accountability for Agriculture, units the scene for group coverage past 2000.

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The quota system, moreover, did not take into account the different levels of technology on farms within the Community, which range from the Dutch milk factory to the cowsheds of Bavaria and the smallholders of Reggio Emilia who produce Parmigiano Reggiano. The attitude of Dutch farmers towards quotas was probably one of relief considering their pressurised production techniques, and a forced reduction in the volume of their output was probably compensated by a reduction in costs. Italian dairy farming, was at that time making a great leap forward, after a long period of work on cattle breeding, and could not tolerate the disruption caused by quotas , particularly in the face of pressure from the processing industry with its constant demand for milk, especially after the devaluation in 1994.

The reforms of 1992 and 1999 have simplified the system: the indicative price and the threshold price have gradually been abolished and the variable levy has been substituted by a fixed tariff. 1 synthesises the main measures adopted under the CAP. The price guaranteed to the producer was and is the intervention price, which is the price, pre-determined and guaranteed, at which the Community undertakes to buy produce from farmers. ). The intervention price is fixed each year by the Council of Ministers.

The CSE varies between OECD countries from minus 22 per cent in the European Union to minus 9 per cent in the United States in 1996. This demonstrates that European consumers have a cost of living for food products higher by 13 per cent than Americans . In absolute terms, the transfers per head to the agricultural sector in the United States are about half those in the European Union. Comparing the PSE and the CSE, it can be seen that transfers to agriculture are, on average in OECD countries , paid one-third by the consumer and two-thirds by public transfers.

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