Archive | October, 2011

Russian WTO accession by end year?

There is now a real prospect that Russia will gain membership of the WTO before year end, which would bring benefits for the EU agri-food sector.

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Farmers and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

The European Trade Union Confederation has questioned whether farmers should be entitled to support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in the next financial framework period.

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On the justification for direct payments

The Commission can always find a reason to justify direct payments.

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The legislative timeline for CAP reform

MEP Mairead McGuinness points out that the timeline for the legislative procedure on CAP reform is very tight, with even the possibility the current regime would need be rolled over one year into 2014.

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Updated analysis of Commission legislative proposals

Updated and revised analysis of the trade and development implications of the Commission’s legislative proposals published.

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Analysis of the Commission’s legislative proposals due tomorrow Wednesday 12 October

ICTSD have published a draft paper that I have authored examining the trade and development implications of the measures likely to be included in the Commission’s legislative proposals on CAP reform tomorrow. Click on the heading for the link.

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The future role for the European Innovation Partnership for agricultural productivity and sustainability

Information on how the new European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Sustainability and Productivity will work is scarce, but initial soundings raise a question mark over how much it will really do to reverse the declining growth in agricultural productivity.

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