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Friday, 04 February 2011

How can commodity prices be regulated?

The issue of commodity price regulation is at the heart of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s agenda during his country’s presidency of the G20; however, opinions are divided over how best to achieve this goal. In a communication on commodity markets and raw materials, released 2 February, the EU Commission has taken a new stance on the issue, acknowledging the link between speculation and price volatility: “It is clear that there is a strong correlation between positions on derivative markets and spot prices”. The latest position is quite different from previous statements issued by the Commission. In a draft version obtained by EurActiv, it was claimed, “There is no conclusive evidence on the causality between speculation in derivatives markets and increased volatility and price increases in the underlying physical markets”. This sentence triggered a fierce debate between Paris and Brussels. It was finally deleted from the final version of the document.

Source: Euractiv.fr