The European Commission has proposed to amend key legislation governing milk and dairy products in an effort to simplify the regime, improve the industry's competitive position and respond to consumer preferences. First, Council Regulation (EC) No. 1244/1999 would be amended to (i) introduce a single rate of aid for milk delivered to schools; (ii) introduce a single quality definition for butter; and (iii) eliminate the compulsory use of import licenses and other obsolete systems. Second, Council Directive 2000/114/EC would be amended to bring EU standards for protein content levels in dehydrated and condensed milk products into line with more flexible international standards. Finally, in view of consumer preferences, the proposal would amend Council Regulation (EC) No. 2597/97 to allow a wider variety of categories of drinking milk (based on fat content) to be produced and sold in the EU.