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Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the implementation of Council Decision 96/411/EC on the improvement of Community agricultural statistics. COM (99) 338 final, 7 July 1999

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untitled COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 07.07.1999 COM(99) 338 final REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT on the implementation of Council Decision 96/411/EC on the improvement of Community agricultural statistics ------------- ~~- ~--~~-- Barbara Rectangle Barbara Sticky Note Completed set by Barbara User Rectangle FOREWORD 1. This report refers to the implementation of Council Decision 96/411/EC 1, as amended by Council Decision 98/3/EC2 of 18 December 1997. 2. Chapter II of this report summarises the actions undertaken during the period 1996-1999 in terms of the following three categories: a) lightening ofworkload b) improvement c) new applications. 3. The progress of individual actions are described. in detail in Chapter III. The summary tables in Annexes 1 to 3 supplement the information presented in the body ofthe report. 4. Chapter IV (Overall assessment) introduces considerations of a general nature. The result is a positive assessment. Nevertheless, there is an analysis and discussion of certain problems, in particular those relating to more targeted investment of Community contributions. 5, Chapter V (Future outlook) recommends continuing TAPAS actions during the period 2000-2002. It also contains suggestions to guide the application of the tool in the future. These suggestions; in particular better medium-term programming of technical actions, are aimed at overcoming the difficulties noted in Chapter IV. 1 OJ No L 162, 1.7.1996, p.l4 2 OJ No L 1, 3.1.1998, p. 9 ~-3 I. Introduction On 25 June 1996 the Council adopted Decision 96/411/EC3 on the improvement of Community agricultural statistics, better known under the name of TAPAS. The aim of this Decision is to make Community agricultural statistics respond better to the information requirements resulting from the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. To this end, provision has been made for the Member St

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