USDA review of the informal EU Council meeting to launch its ‘hearts and minds' campaign
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CTA. 2004. USDA review of the informal EU Council meeting to launch its ?hearts and minds' campaign. Agritrade, January 2004. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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EU ministers have reviewed the outcome of the Cancun WTO Ministerial and agreed...
EU ministers have reviewed the outcome of the Cancun WTO Ministerial and agreed to launch a campaign to get the third world on board with EU agricultural policy objectives, according to the USDA FAS-GAIN report of October 29 th 2003 which reported on the informal EU agricultural council meeting in Taormina , Sicily from 20-23 rd September. At this meeting Commissioner Fischler emphasised that the EU will not revisit the definition of the green box and that the concept of capping the green box would be a major problem for the EU in the context of enlargement. Comment: It remains to be seen whether this EU campaign will focus on addressing the substantive issues of concern to ACP developing countries or whether it will primarily aim at explaining existing EU positions better. Given the Commission's unwillingness to compromise on green-box support this EU campaign is likely to focus more on ‘sweet talking' developing country governments rather than addressing issues of substantive concern arising from the changing patterns of EU agricultural support.