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The contribution of the common agricultural policy to the economic development of the Community. Green Europe, Newsletter on the Common Agricultural Policy No. 185

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NEWSLETTER ON THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY Published by the Agricultural Information Service of the Directorate-General for Agriculture European Community Commission- 200, rue de Ia Loi, 1049 Bruxelles Supplement to the Documentation Bulletin- 0/AGR./EN 1185 THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY Manuscript finished in November 1981 185 A separate chapter of the Commission's Report on "The agricultural situation in the Community" (1) in 1981 is devoted to the contri-- bution of the common agricultural policy to the economic develop- ment of the Community. In view of their economic importance we are reprinting the complete text in question in this issue of "Green Europe". (1) Office for Official Publications of the European Communities ISBN 92-825-2707-7 Catalogue number : CB-32-81-641-EN-C Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1982 ISSN 0250-5886 Catalogue number: CB-AV-82-185-EN-C © ECSC- EEC- EAEC, Brussels • Luxembourg, 1982 Printed in Belgium The idea that the common agricultural policy contributes to the economic development of the Community calls perhaps for some explanation. For many citizens see agriculture as one of the economic sectors which hamper rather than promote development and the common agricultural policy as a set of schemes which serve to perpetuate this state of affairs rather than overcome it. Both these judgments are wrong. It is true that despite the fact that some farms in the Community are as efficient as any in the world, the same cannot be said of the agricultural sector as a whole; but this does not mean that agriculture is an ailing industry. To appreciate properly the present state of agriculture achieved under the CAP, it is important to bear in mind the extent to which some of the member countries, through protection and intervention, had isolated farming from the rest of the economy-and indeed the rest o

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