Endless milk quotas: who pays is the dumbest?

Almost surprisingly, he returns. the history of milk quotas. Practically thirty years of history, half a revolt against Europe which, in order to protect the price of the product (especially of the smallest ones), introduced precisely the production quotas divided by countries and did so at the request (it is a paradox) of the individual countries .

Basically he asked himself: how much do you Italy produce? Answer (but I’m going from memory): 105 million quintals per year. Great: from now on you can’t produce any more milk, if you do you get fined. Open skies: attack on free enterpriseBut what do these people here want? No one – I remember how yesterday was a meeting of a category president in Orzinuovi – will be able to tell us whether to produce and how much.

And so for months and the first years. Then a new restart of protests qhen it was discovered that Italy was actually producing more than it had claimed and therefore at that point I had to not only maintain the assigned level but even lower it. Urinating in general (understandable); a group of farmers spray the direct Milan-Venice with urineprotests etc

Meanwhile, the market recognizes that Europe is there and that, by hook or by crook, it has to adapt. A kind of exchange of milk quotas is born: the production quotas assigned to each position are bought and sold: those who want to go ahead try to buy, those who want (or should) sell do so.

Let’s say that, over the years, the system is adapting and settling with the milk quotas that now become the heritage of all livestock farms and this until a few years ago when Europe eliminated the milk quotas at the same time that the new agriculture. politics.

But underneath that, the story was boiling.. From the beginning there were those who did not want to respect the rules on milk quotas (for the most diverse reasons) and therefore produced more milk than was assigned and unleashing the first conflicts with those who had to enforce the law. Parallel to this discontent, obviously that other ran and ran, the one of those who continue to wonder why many, who have not respected the quotas, do not pay the expected fines. Reasoning briefly: we have respected the law by paying new quotas to produce more milk and why do those others not have to pay the fines if they have not respected the law?

Meanwhile, the producers in conflict with the EU legislation have appealed in Italy and in Europe, obtaining different sentences but, very importantly, the sentence of the Court of Justice of the European Union that obliges the Italian state to recalculate the amounts of the sanctions.

And we are in these days. The Tax Agency has continued on its old path and issued tax bills for more than a billion. In the Brescia area there are around 150 farms involved.

Demonstration yesterday in Milan, delegation of the prefect to “intercede” with the Government and postpone the sanctions that allow 150 companies in Brescia (and another two thousand and past in Lombardy) to be able to operate with current accounts. The prefect, we are sure, will have secured his active interest. Now it’s hot, it’s Ferragosto, then September and then the elections. And so, whatever happens, it will depend on the new government. Meanwhile, the thousands of farmers who have paid their milk quotas in all these years are left here to ask themselves: are we the dumbest?