ACP-EU JPA calls for the external implications of rice reform to be acknowledged
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CTA. 2003. ACP-EU JPA calls for the external implications of rice reform to be acknowledged. Agritrade, June 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Brazzaville adopted a...
The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Brazzaville adopted a resolution on rice calling on: 'the EU Council to take full account of the adverse effects on the ACP rice industry when considering the European Commission's proposals for changes to the common organisation of the market in rice and to consider remedial and compensatory measures to alleviate the negative impact on ACP rice exporters' and to approve as a matter of urgency the financing proposal for the support package to enhance the competitiveness of the Caribbean rice industry'. It also called on the European Commission to implement the necessary adjustments to the management of the quota system for ACP rice so as to enhance its value to ACP rice exporters. These views were endorsed by ACP Ministers at their meeting in May 2003. Comment: With EU rice prices predicted to decline by 34% in the first year of reform and by a total of 41% by 2009, the importance of the EU recognising and addressing the external effects of rice-sector reform cannot be under-estimated. The importance of this issue is enhanced by the fact that similar problems will be faced in the sugar sector in the coming years. The concept which has emerged from the Southern African beef sector of introducing 'compensatory trade measures' in response to the implementation of CAP reform should also be explored for rice.