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Statement [on the dairy market] from Mr. Poul Dalsager [Commissioner for Agriculture] to the European Parliament. Strasbourg, 13 October 1983

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untitled COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES SPOKESMAN'S GROUP STATEMENT FROM Mr. P04L pALSAGER TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STRASB0~~~ 4 13 OCTOBER 1983 In Sep~ember the Parliament adopted a resolution i~vit1~ the Co~~isaion to organize a. subaid.ized sale of butter for Christ~X~aa 1983r The Ooq:wiseion does not sha.re the view of the Parliament that sal~s of Chr1•'~·~ butte~ qn the ba•ia envisaged c9uld be cost effective. The first and more i~por~ant point to make is that the Commisaion shares with the Parl~am~nt th• worries and anxietiea over butter stocks ~hich have led to ~his prop~sal 9e1ng m~de. Further, the Commisaion has made propoa~ls to t'okle and re,olve th• immediate problem and th• longer term problem in a radical and effective W&J• The Commission, far from being complacent about the ~a.tt~r, takes a serious view of the problem and wants to go d~reotly to 1~1 root, and apply lasting remedies. The Parliament's proposal is about the disposal of part of the existing stocks. The Commission has alternative proposals, which we believe are more cost effective, for securing some short term reduction. But let us be clear, we are talking about palliativea. What we need ia not temporar1 exercises on an ad hoc basis out a strategy for a continuing attack on the size of the surplus and beyond that a strategy to reverse the trend of accumulation or •toc~s. The Commis•ion'• proposals on the dairy sector are concerned in the first instance with surpluies - their present level, and th,ir future reduction. Naturally, it is their effect on production that has attracted attention. Eaoh percentage point of increase in milk production results in a 3% increase in butter production. Our ai~ ia to atop that extra milk and butter being produced, and aold into intervention, in the first place. !his is precisely why we ha.ve chosen a quota syste~. The super levy not only works to iopose a quota, but also to eneure that production over quota does not have to be di

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