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Monday, 25 June 2018
The attached table provides tables and graphs presenting the main developments for the agri-food trade at EU-25 level for the first semester of 2005 and detailed trade information - at aggregated product level and by region - in values and quantities for the years 1999-2004. Second table provides data for the EU-25 trade with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
European Union agriculture ministers today formally adopted a radical reform of the EU sugar sector. The reform, which will come into force on 1 July, will bring a system which has remained largely unchanged for almost 40 years into line with the rest of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy. It will ensure a long-term sustainable future for sugar production in the EU, enhance the competitiveness and market-orientation of the sector and strengthen the EU’s position in the current round of world trade talks. The key to the reform is a 36 percent cut in the guaranteed minimum sugar price, generous compensation for farmers and, crucially, a Restructuring Fund as a carrot to encourage uncompetitive sugar producers to leave the industry.
Wednesday, 22 February 2006
This web site presents the work of the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research: SCAR. SCAR will look beyond the narrow aspects of research relating to production and encompass the so-called ‘fork-to-farm’ concept, emphasising research for sustainable agriculture, and including biodiversity and rural development.
A draft policy paper prepared by the European Commission (EC) on the European Strategy for the Caribbean is being further developed as part of a new European Union (EU) Development Policy adopted in 2005. The new EU Development Policy forms the basis for EU engagements with third countries and groupings. A release issued by the Caricom Secretariat said discussions on the draft policy paper took place over the last two days between ministers and representatives of the Caribbean Forum of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states (Cariforum) and representatives of the EU at the Caricom Secretariat. The new strategy reportedly looks at relations between the two regions at the political, economic and development levels. The EC has prepared a similar strategy for Africa while another is being developed for the Pacific region as Europe seeks to redefine its relations with its cooperation partners.
Current relations between Europe and the ACP are governed by the Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid package that extends until 2020. The agreement includes an aid package to support development and poverty reduction, and plans for new Economic Partnership Agree-ments (EPAs) to support regional growth. The release said the new relations are being structured in the context of the new global trading environment.
Monday, 20 February 2006
This publication provides a picture of the likely developments of agricultural markets up to 2012, based on a certain number of assumptions and on the statistical information available in December 2005. The report, which constitutes an update of the medium-term projections published at the end of July 2005, contains two chapters. Chapter I centres on the market and income prospects for the 2005-2012 period within the EU and covers the following products: cereals, oilseeds, meat, eggs, milk and the main dairy products. Chapter II is dedicated to a presentation of these perspectives on a regional basis, together with a regional analysis of the market and income impact of alternative decoupling systems.
This is of interest to our ACP audience in regard to the EU import needs those countries can meet.