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|Title:||Proceedings of Workshop on Euro-Med Association Agreements: Agricultural Trade - Regional Impacts in the EU|
|Publisher:||European Commission DG JRC|
|Abstract:||Through the 6th FP the Commission supports research projects aiming to provide policy tools to assess regional and multilateral trade integration. The workshop, jointly organised by DG RTD, DG JRC-IPTS and DG AGRI, provided a comprehensive overview of the current status of the Euro-Med agricultural trade agreements and the ongoing EU-financed research projects analysing the economic impacts of the agreements. It was organized in four parts. i) European Commission perspective L. Bochereau (RTD) presented the objectives of the Community Research Programmes with special regard to the Research in Support of International Negotiations. E. Bokias (AGRI) gave an overview on the requirements for analysis tools for world agriculture and trade. Per Sørup (JRC-IPTS) explained the mission of DG JRC-IPTS to provide customer-driven support to the EU policy-making process. A. Bassols (RELEX) pointed out that the EU is an example of successful regional integration, which can be exported and promoted. C. Rames (TRADE) stressed the importance of developing South-South trade in the context of regional integration. A. Asbil (AGRI) stressed that the complexity of the Euro-Med agricultural trade relations is further compounded by water scarcity in the region, new products, globalisation, and sociological impacts. ii) Expert presentations J.-M. Garcia-Alvarez-Coque gave in his introductory note an overview of the current status of implementation of the bilateral agreements between the EU and the individual MPCs. G. Anania referred in his contribution to the challenges in modelling agricultural trade liberalisation in the Euro-Med framework. A. Lipchitz raised the need for a progressive approach in the process of liberalisation in the Euro-Med area. H. Grethe and S. Nolte discussed the future of agricultural trade preferences under the Euro-Med agreements and the EU import regime for fresh fruit and vegetables. J. Morrison discussed whether the use of flexibilities for “special products” will necessarily dilute the potential “gains” to developing countries from further liberalisation. iii) Presentations of EU-funded Euro-Med projects: - EU-MED Agpol: Impacts of Agricultural Trade Liberalisation between the EU and Mediterranean countries (Jacquet/Britz). - MEDFROL: Market and Trade Policies for Mediterranean Agriculture - The case of fruit/vegetables and olive oil (Kavallari/Schmitz). - TRADEAG: Agricultural Trade Agreements (Bureau). - ENARPRI: European Network of Agricultural and Rural Policy Research Institutes (Swinnen/Kuiper). iv) Discussion While the projects funded under the 6th FP have generated a great wealth of information, the conceptual design of funding under the 7th FP will have to consider additional thematic issues. Among others, (i) direct and indirect impacts; (ii) dynamics; (iii) individual markets; and (iv) competition. Some challenging methodological issues comprise (i) risk and (ii) economy-wide linkages. Furthermore, the maintenance of existing models and better integration of MPC partners should be considered.|
|JRC Directorate:||Growth and Innovation|
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