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Report from the Commission to the Council on the application of the early marketing and the calf processing premium schemes in the beef sector. COM (97) 165 final, 18 April 1997.

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 18.04.1997 COM (97) 165 final REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL ON THE APPLICATION OF THE EARLY MARKETING AND THE CALF PROCESSING PREMIUM SCHEMES IN THE BEEF SECTOR I. INTRODUCTION Council Regulation (EEC) No 805/68 states in Article 4i, inter alia, that Member States must apply at least one of the following two premium schemes during the period 1 December 1996 to 30 November 1998: - Early marketing premium for calves, - Processing premium for young male calves. Furthermore, the same Article provides that after six months i.e. after 1 June 1997 the Commission shaii verify whether the two schemes have achieved satisfactory results- At the March meeting of the Agricultural Council it was agreed, however, that the Commission should present its report on this subject in April 1997. This report fulfils that obligation. II. EARLY MARKETING PREMIUM A. Aim The early marketing premium was and is intended to reduce red meat production in 1998 and 1999 by encouraging veal producers to increase the number of calves used for veal production in 1997 and 1998. B. Legislation The premium was agreed by the Council through Regulation (EC) No 2222/96 of 18 November 1996. Due to the very short time scale available to prepare the implementing rules, the Commission Regulation on this subject was not published until 3rd December 1996 (Reg. (EC) No 2311/96), although the scheme was already applicable from 1st December. For various reasons a number of modifications have subsequently been adopted (Regulation (EC) No 18/97, (EC) No 200/97, (EC) No 280/97 and (EC) No 616/97). The accelerated implementation and subsequent modifications together with delayed decisions from Member States as to which premium to apply and the related introduction of their national administration systems resulted in various degrees of application in the first two months (Dec-Jan). This may have led veal producers to adopt

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