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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Compulsory recognition of producer organisations and competition rules

The proposal for a Single Common Market Organisation (CMO) regulation is part of the CAP reform package and lays down rules for the common organisation of agricultural markets. In this context, in order to strengthen the bargaining power of farmers in the food supply chain the Commission proposes extending the provisions currently applicable to producer organisations (POs), associations of producer organisations (APOs) and inter-branch organisations (IBOs) in the fruit and vegetables sector to all sectors (14994/12).
Delegations generally agreed with the objective of strengthening the position of primary producers in the food chain, but views differed on how this could best be achieved. There was insufficient support for the proposed compulsory recognition of producer and inter-branch organisations in all sectors, nor for adding specific other sectors to those already subject to such recognition (POs are recognised only in the milk, fruit and vegetables, olive oil and table olives and for some other minor sectors while IBOs are recognised for fruit and vegetables, tobacco and olive oil/ table olives).

Source: Council of the European Union