Analytical Note, July 2003

European Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform in the WTO context.

This note is an attempt to appraise the possible implications of the decisions reached in Europe on 26 June on CAP reform for the agriculture negotiations at the WTO. That is, trying to understand how the policy changes agreed could be translated into the WTO framework and put it in context. Such an assessment is urgently called for, given the diversified and ambitious agenda of the EC in the WTO and its clear determination to pursue such agenda even more aggressively in exchange for the ‘concessions’ it maybe able to make in agriculture after months of holding back any progress in the negotiations.

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