Dairy policy: Commission simplifies Milk Regime

Friday 16 February 2007

The European Commission today adopted a proposal that aims to simplify the Common Market Organisation for milk and dairy products. The modifications foreseen concern private storage, butter intervention, import licences, drinking milk and aids for school milk. This package of rather technical measures also envisages to allow the standardisation of the rate of proteins in preserved milk.

"The proposed changes will continue our ongoing exercise of simplification, which is very important to me," said Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. "There are many things we can do to make the rules in the dairy sector work more effectively. In particular, I am keen to introduce a single rate of aid for the school milk programme. This will allow us to reflect changing consumer preferences and give more freedom to the Member States to decide how to organise the scheme on a national level."

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