February Infringement Package: EU Commission refers ITALY to the Court of Justice for failure to recover milk levies due from Italian producers

Agriculture: European Commission refers ITALY to the Court of Justice for failure to recover milk levies due from Italian producers

The European Commission decided today to refer Italy to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to meet its responsibilities adequately with regard to managing the recovery of the levy for overproduction of milk. This levy should be paid by individual producers having exceeded their individual dairy quotas.

Italy exceeded its national quota every year from 1995 to 2009, and the Italian state paid the Commission the due superlevy amounts over the said period (2.305 billion EUR). However, despite repeated requests by the Commission, the Italian authorities have clearly not taken appropriate measures to effectively recover the levy payable from the individual producers/dairies, as requested by the relevant EU legislation. This undermines the quota regime and distorts competition with those producers who respected their quotas and those who have taken steps to pay their individual superlevy bills. As underlined by the Italian Court of Auditors, this is also unfair on Italian taxpayers.

More on http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4489_en.htm

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Italian Presidency of the EU Council

 

Since 1 July 2014 and until 31 December 2014, Italy has presided the EU Council, succeeding to Greece and Lithuania. The EU Council is the institution that represents the governments of the 28 Member States. It has for main mission to negociate and sign EU legislation together with the EU Parliament in the frame of the so-called "ordinary" or "co-decision" legislative procedure.

As the EU Council Presidency rotates every 6 months according to a pre-set order, to ensure the continuity of the EU legislation, a "trio" system has been established since the Lisbon Treaty. Three Presidencies have to prepare a 18 months programme (a common agenda to address the main topics and issues the Council will deal with). 

With the Italian Presidency starts a new trio, made up of Italy, Latvia and Luxemburg. The trio has adopted its programme in June 2014. This programme provides in particular that "The three Presidencies shall devote adequate attention to free circulation, traceability and health of animals since it has a direct impact on human health and on the treatment with dignity of all animals and of pets in particular".

The Italian Presidency will have to continue the work started by the previous trio regarding the so-called "Animal and Health Package" including:

– official controls and other official activities intended to ensure the effective application of laws on plant health and phytosanitary production, animal health and food and feed production

– placing on the market of veterinary medicines and medicated feed 

– cloning of animals for food production and placing on the market of food from clones

– zootechnical and genealogical conditions for trade in and imports into the Union of breeding animals and their 
germinal products

–  revision of the hygiene package

 

On the basis of the Trio programme, Italy has provided a more detailed programme for its 6 months Presidency. In its programme, Italy specifies that regarding Animal Health, "a global conference will be held in Italy, in agreement with the European Commission and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)".

 

Next Presidency will start in January 2015 and will be held by Latvia.

 


Official Website of the Italian Presidency: http://italia2014.eu/

Programme of the Italian Presidency: http://italia2014.eu/media/1220/programma-semestre-en-def.pdf

Programme of the Trio : http://register.consilium.europa.eu/doc/srv?l=EN&f=ST%2010948%202014%20REV%201

 

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Start of the Greek presidency of the European Union

On 1 January 2014, Greece took over the Presidency of the European Union in the first half of the year, before handing over reins to Italy on 1 July 2014. It is the fifth time that Greece will hold the EU Presidency since its accession to the EU in 1981.


Main objectives
The programme is based on four main fields of action,

  • Growth, Jobs and cohesion
  • Further Integration of the EU Euro-zone
  • Migration, borders, mobility

 

Beside these main objectives, Sea policies as a thematic that will run horizontally through all Presidency priorities.

 

Other animal welfare related issues are not known so far.

 

 

Please click here to get to the official presidency website and its programme.

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'Doped' animals: investigation conducted by the Italian Forestry Corps, leading to the seizure of more than 17 000 veterinary drugs in northern Italy

8 January 2014          

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Andrea Zanoni (ALDE)

 

 

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Transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU and repercussions for the training of entire categories of future researchers, including biologists, pharmacists and biotechnologists

3 January 2014          

Aldo Patriciello (PPE) , Elisabetta Gardini (PPE)

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Protection of animals for scientific purposes: protests in Italy against the new law

Since one week in Rome, there has been several huge demonstrations of actors of the biomedical field against the new Italian proposed law on protection of animals for scientific purposes.

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