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Agricultural Interprofesional Organizations

The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy has as one of its main objectives a higher orientation of the agricultural crops towards de market needs . This implies the flexibility of the intervening mechanisms in order to allow a better adequation of the agricultural offer to the demand through the market performance. In fact, the new reality of agricultural markets, more open, requires the regulation of collaboration and coordination instruments between the different parts of the agricultural chain. These instruments should be more efficient and transparent.

On the other hand, the Article 103.1 of the Spanish Constitution establishes that the public authorities will promote the modernization and development of all economic sectors, paying special attention to agriculture, cattle raising and fishing.

The agricultural interprofesional organizations have suffered an important development in other member States of the European Union, which are amongst the more competitive ones in its productive structure, establishing themselves as coordination and collaboration organs of the different sectors of the agricultural system. The agricultural interprofesional organizations get special relevance in the consecution of their own objectives of a quality policy, constituting an efficient instrument in its development.

The law which regulates the agricultural interprofessional organizations in Spain is Law 38/1994 , from 30th December. The common organization of the markets for the fruits and vegetable sectors established in the Title III of the Regulation (CE) nº 2200/96 from the Board from 28 th October 1996 also applies to the agricultural interprofessional organizations in the fruits and vegetables sector.

The Regulation (CE) nº 2200/96, in its considering nº 15, denotes that the interprofessional organizations constituted by individual operators' initiative or regrouped ones and which represents a significant part of the different professional categories of the fruit and vegetable sectors can contribute to a major comprehension of the reality of the market, and can ease the evolution of the economic behaviours, aiming to improve not only the knowledge and the organisation of the production, but also the presentation and the commercialisation of the products.

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