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The EU has finally agreed to eliminate export subsidies…three cheers!

The EU makes a proposal in the WTO to eliminate all export subsidies within three years.

Gainers and losers from the CAP budget

The size of net transfers through the CAP is growing - might this affect the negotiating positions of member states?

Will there be a CAP reform in 2017?

Will there be a CAP mid-term review in 2017? And, if so, what should it do?

The CAP and biodiversity

Protecting biodiversity through the CAP requires more spatially targeted schemes in Pillar 2.

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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.