OEEC.DAA Directorate for Agriculture and Food

Documents from [1948] to [1961]

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Extent and Medium

18 microfilms, 3 files

Reference Archivists

Mary, Carr


Administrative and Biographical History

The Agriculture and Food Directorate is made up of three divisions, namely: (1) The Agricultural Policies Division, (2) The Agricultural Markets and External Relations Division, (3) The Technical Action and Productivity Division. These three divisons prepare the work of the Organisation's agricultural bodies, and see that the decisions taken by them are carried out as and when necessary. The Programme of work adopted by the Ministers of Agriculture in July 1955 still provides the basis for the four main categories: confrontation of agricultural policies, action on trade, marketing and consumption, technical action and productivity.
With regard to the study of agricutural policies, special importance was given to the dairy sector, cereal and meat sectors, price support systems, structural problems in agriculture and low-income farms. The method adopted in these confrontation excercises made it possible to formulate more precise recommendations in respect of the various countries, in addition to the general conclusions.
The Commodity Working Parties (livestock and meat, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables, fish) undertook, as first task, to work out methods for trade relaxation in cases where liberalisation pure and simple proved to be too difficult.
Aids to exports became increasingly important for the OEEC. In 1957, the Ministerial Committee instituted a consultation procedure for examining the complaints of countries which considered their interests to be prejudiced by the application of export aid measures adopted by other Member countries.
The productivity programme in agriculture and food of the EPA has been designed to assist and complement the work of the Ministerial Committee, with which it is fully integrated.

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The documents on the microfilm are numbered according to their position on the microfilm eg. 1001
4 = the fourth document on microfilm 1004. Check 'other number' field to ensure that this is correct

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Historical Archives of the European Union

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