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Policy Coherence

Exploring links between EU agricultural policy and world poverty


Encouraging coherence between trade and agricultural policies to promote development means putting the needs of the world's poorest countries and poorest people at the centre of the debate on EU agricultural policy reform. This website explores the impact which the EU's Common Agricultural Policy has on developing countries, and the impact which CAP reform would have on global poverty.

The site is maintained by the Policy Coherence team at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin, supported by a research grant from the Advisory Board for Irish Aid.

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New. Outcome of the DG Agriculture and Rural Development Consultative Conference on the CAP post-2013

This conference was the culmination of the public debate on the future of the CAP which was launched by Commissioner Ciolos in early 2010. Read in particular the summary report on the public consultation (PDF) and listen to the views of the civil society groups represented at the conference.

30 July 2010

EU Ombudsman announces decision on Brazilian beef imports

British and Irish farm organisations had complained that the Commission had put the health of European livestock at risk by refusing to immediately implement a ban on imports of Brazilian beef following a series of critical reports from the Food and Veterinary Office on Brazil's administration of its foot-and-mouth disease controls. The Ombudsman's decision rejected the complaint, but criticised the Commission for delays in implementing import restrictions. The decision provides a good insight into how EU food safety standards affect market access of a developing country and how the WTO SPS agreement adjudicates between ensuring animal health while not restricting trade disproportionately.

20 July 2010

The Geneva Agreement on Trade in Bananas

This is the official version of the agreement between the EU and Latin American banana exporters on the future EU trade regime for bananas, which brought to an end the longest-running trade dispute in WTO history. It sets out the agreed tariff schedule for bananas in the future. ACP banana exporters have expressed concern at the further erosion of the value of their preferential access.

5 July 2010

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Policy Coherence

What policy coherence for development means and how it applies to EU agricultural policy

EU agricultural policy

Describes how the EU supports its farmers and how this affects farmers in developing countries

WTO agricultural trade rules

How WTO rules shape EU agricultural policy and the importance of the Doha Round

EU agriculture policy reform

The debate on future CAP reform and how this would affect developing countries

Development cooperation

How EU development assistance can help developing countries take advantage of CAP reform

Policy Coherence Challenges

Many other EU policies now influence competition on food markets for developing countries

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