Fischler claims that the EU was not responsible for the failure at Cancun
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CTA. 2003. Fischler claims that the EU was not responsible for the failure at Cancun. Agritrade, October 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Speaking in Canada on September 16th 2003 EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz...
Speaking in Canada on September 16th 2003 EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler claimed that the WTO talks 'broke down before we had even reached the agricultural sector'. Commissioner Fischler claimed that the EU was not responsible for the breakdown of the talks and refused to accept the thesis that agricultural subsidies in the developed world were responsible for the breakdown of the WTO talks, since Ministers 'didn't even reach this issue in their discussions'. Commissioner Fischler reiterated for his Canadian audience the scope of the June 2003 CAP reforms, highlighting how in the EU 'our markets have become consistently more open, our trade-distorting policies have consistently declined and the CAP has become both more sustainable internally, and more acceptable internationally.' Comment: This Commission take on the outcome of Cancun suggests that the EU will simply re-double its efforts to sell its agricultural trade agenda to its international partners. It suggests that the same issues raised by the EU in the run up to Cancun are likely to surface within the EPA negotiations with the ACP in one form or another.