Aid to pre-accession countries
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CTA. 2002. Aid to pre-accession countries. Agritrade, December 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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An EU press release sets out a summary of the finance to be made...
An EU press release sets out a summary of the finance to be made available to pre-accession countries to help them bring their food sector enterprises up to EU standards. The EU's contribution to these programmes in 2002 will total €554.4 million. Comment: Acceding countries are receiving large amounts of financial and technical assistance to help their food and drinks industries to meet EU standards. If these standards are not met, then the enterprises concerned will in due course (after agreed transition periods) need to close down. If the food and drinks industries in ACP countries are to benefit from their inclusion in a larger economic area centred on the EU then similar programmes of financial and technical assistance will be required for food and drink enterprises in ACP countries. While the ACP is urging the EU to make such funds available, and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has urged the Commission to review the existing modalities for delivering such assistance in order to enhance its effectiveness, there is no evidence that the Commission is getting to grips with the challenges which will be faced in ACP countries.