Double standards are denounced in Britain
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CTA. 2002. Double standards are denounced in Britain. Agritrade, November 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Speaking at the Labour Party Conference UK Trade ...
Speaking at the Labour Party Conference UK Trade Secretary Patricia Hewitt heavily criticised some EU member states for being 'two faced' as they were 'demanding market opening from the poor' but at the same time 'practising protectionism to defend their own special interests'. Patricia Hewitt called on the UK government to take the lead in the campaign for a more equitable global trading system and for reform of the unjust subsidies regime under the CAP. Comment: This places the UK government firmly on the side of those working to see progress at the Copenhagen Summit through the establishment of guidelines for further reform by 2004, with the real reform measures being implemented in 2006. Fischler denounces any idea of abandoning the CAP Addressing the EU Agricultural Council in September 2002 on the mid-term review Agriculture Commissioner Fischler denounced the idea of doing away with the CAP. He highlighted instead the new challenges faced in ensuring: food security; food safety; food quality; animal welfare; protection of the environment; maintenance of the rural landscape. He maintained that a reformed CAP was vital to addressing the 'market failure' , whereby farmers are not currently rewarded for these public services through the market place. Commissioner Fischler argued that without the CAP the EU could 'expect substantial economic, social and ecological problems in many rural areas of Europe'. The challenge now he maintained was to design policies which 'provide a stable and safe framework for a long term, sustainable development of our agriculture'.