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The draft 2015 CAP budget

The Commission's 2015 draft CAP budget keeps spending stable in 2015.

Geographical indications (GIs) in the US-EU TTIP negotiations

Geographical indications are among the hurdles in the US-EU talks on a transatlantic free trade agreement.

Food safety in the US-EU TTIP negotiations

Food safety standards are one of the most difficult chapters in the US EU free trade negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The 2013 CAP reform and biodiversity

A new paper in Science is a formidable summary of the weaknesses of the current CAP reform from a biodiversity perspective.

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Alan Matthews

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His major research interests are agricultural policy analysis, the impact of international trade on developing countries, and computable general equilibrium analysis of trade and agricultural policy reforms. He has worked as a consultant to the European Parliament, the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the UN Industrial Development Organisation, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO Dispute Settlement procedures. He is currently President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists but writes here in a personal capacity.