Commissioner Fischler's initial response to the failure in Cancun
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CTA. 2003. Commissioner Fischler's initial response to the failure in Cancun. Agritrade, November 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Speaking immediately after the failure in Cancun, Agriculture Commissioner...
Speaking immediately after the failure in Cancun, Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler maintained that 'the gaps in farm trade liberalisation have finally started to narrow down' and it was therefore regrettable that the talks broke down. He maintained the EU's 'offers full remain on the table' He pointed out that Europe will continue with agricultural reform which makes EU agriculture 'more competitive, trade friendly and more in tune with the interests of the poor countries, European farmers and citizens'. Comment: While few doubt that the process of CAP reform will make EU agricultural products more price competitive, there is a considerable scepticism as to whether the new forms of support are as trade friendly as the EU claims. In terms of being 'more in tune with the interests of the poor countries' the picture is ambiguous, with different countries gaining and losing depending on the nature of their trade relationship with the EU and the stage of the reform process reached. ACP beef and rice exporters have undoubtedly lost out, and will continue to do so, through the process of beef- and rice-sector reform in terms of the returns they obtain from exporting to the EU market. Similarly ACP sugar exporters will lose out massively from any 'fall in price' scenario for sugar-sector reform. These realities need to be taken into account and addressed if the EU is to garner support for its position.