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Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries 2008

At a Glance

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This book is a unique source of up-to-date estimates of support to agriculture. Separate chapters describe and evaluate agricultural policies in each OECD country, including such important developments as the introduction of the single-payment scheme in the EU. This edition also includes a special chapter describing the revised method of estimating support to agriculture used for the first time in this report. As always, it includes extensive statistical data on support to agriculture broken down by type of support and commodity, as well as Statlinks, URLs linking to Excel® spreadsheet versions of tables and graphs.

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European Union

Bulgaria and Romania became members on 1 January 2007. As part of the sugar reform, support prices were reduced and payments with no requirement to produce introduced. Reforms of the wine and the fruit and vegetable sectors were agreed. As a result, from 2008, producers receive payments with no requirement to produce. The wine reform also includes restructuring funds and the phasing out of distillation schemes, while the fruits and vegetables reform reinforces the role of producer organisations in market management. Member States developed Rural Development Plans for the period 2007-13. Discussions on the “Health check” of the CAP reform started in November 2007.

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