Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
BRUSSELS

EC tells Italy to collect milk-quota fines from farmers

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Brussels, June 20 - The European Commission (EC)
issued a formal notice on Thursday demanding Italy collect more
than a decade's worth of fines from dairy farmers for exceeding
European production quotas.
The EC claims that between 1995 and 2009, Italian farmers
committed quota-violations worth an estimated 1.42 billion euros
in fines - still largely uncollected.
The EC also accuses Italy of still having no measures in
place to collect fines from farmers who exceeded their quotas,
despite the EC's repeated requests.
Sums due must be directed to state coffers to prevent
Italian taxpayers from shouldering the consequences, the EC
wrote.
The law-enforcement effort is also needed to prevent unfair
competition for other European and Italian dairy farmers who
respected their quotas or paid fines, the EC continued.
The EC added that failure to recoup the fines undermined
Europe-wide efforts to stabilise the dairy market.
The EC notice is the first step in the European infraction
process, and Italy has two months to respond.
The European milk-quota system was instituted in 1984, when
EU predecessor European Economic Community (EEC) decided to
contain milk production in order to reduce inventory and
stockpiling costs due to surplus production.
The high cost of warehousing surplus butter and powdered
milk weighed particularly on central and northern European
partners in the EEC.
The European Council of Ministers has determined that the
milk-quota-system will end in 2015.

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