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Commission info pack for Cancún: WTO Farm Talks


WTO farm talks: Commission presents info pack for Cancún

Today, the European Commission presented an agriculture information pack for the upcoming WTO Ministerial meeting in Cancún, Mexico from 10 to 14 September 2003.

The information material contains facts and figures about the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its history of reforms, the EU's approach for Cancún, especially regarding developing countries and non-trade concerns and a glossary which helps to decipher WTO- and euro-speak. The press pack is available in English, French and Spanish on paper and on the internet at:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/external/wto/backgrou/index_en.htm

Commenting on the info pack, EU Farm Commissioner Fischler said "This info pack lays out the EU's negotiating position for Cancún, explains the reasoning behind Europe's farm policy, and how it has been constantly reformed to make it more trade friendly and, maybe most importantly, debunks certain myths about the CAP. We are ready to make the necessary concessions and sacrifices in order to help to make the Doha Development Agenda a success. But this will only happen if our trading partners also show their willingness to contribute. Just camping on extreme positions, asking for everything and offering nothing will not be good enough. Europe for its part has already moved substantially."

The press pack contains the following chapters:

Preface by Commissioner Fischler

The CAP - finding the right policy balance

The EU's approach for Cancún

Developing countries

Glossary of WTO and EU farm terms

The info pack is also available on the internet at : http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/external/wto/backgrou/cancun_en.pdf More information on agriculture and the WTO at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/external/wto/index_en.htm More information on other WTO issues at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/trade/issues/newround/index_en.htm

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