The Future of the Quality Policy in the Light of the CAP post-2013

15-03-2011

The quality policy is an integral part of the CAP and represents a useful instrument to enforce at the same time the competitiveness of the agricultural system and the vitality of the rural areas. With the "quality package", changes are introduced in the normative outline of the PDO, PGI and TSG products, with the objective of answering to the needs of both producers, for a sustainable profitability, and consumers, for a higher information and guaranty on the provenience of the products. Nevertheless, considering the magnitude of structural and socio-economical differences that mark the quality production systems across Europe, the possibility to make the system capable of answering to the different needs seems to be still open.

The quality policy is an integral part of the CAP and represents a useful instrument to enforce at the same time the competitiveness of the agricultural system and the vitality of the rural areas. With the "quality package", changes are introduced in the normative outline of the PDO, PGI and TSG products, with the objective of answering to the needs of both producers, for a sustainable profitability, and consumers, for a higher information and guaranty on the provenience of the products. Nevertheless, considering the magnitude of structural and socio-economical differences that mark the quality production systems across Europe, the possibility to make the system capable of answering to the different needs seems to be still open.

Autor externo

Denis PANTINI (Nomisma Spa, economic research institute, Italy)