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Agriculture in the 2030 Climate and Energy Package

The treatment of agriculture in the EU's climate change targets for 2030 will still remain unclear after the European Council meeting later this week.

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Phil Hogan confirmed as Commissioner

Hogan strongly confirmed by EP COMAGRI following his hearing yesterday.

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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 a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists but writes here in a personal capacity.