Fischler warns of the dangers of 'half-hearted reform'
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CTA. 2003. Fischler warns of the dangers of 'half-hearted reform'. Agritrade, July 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The decision to defer decoupling in the dairy sector until reform ...
The decision to defer decoupling in the dairy sector until reform is completed, gives a clear indication that for other sectors such as sugar, substantial reform involving price reductions and increased product-specific direct aid payments will have to precede the incorporation of the sector into the single decoupled farm aid payments scheme. Fischler warns of the dangers of 'half-hearted reform' Speaking following the deferment of a decision on CAP reform Agriculture Commissioner Fischler warned of the dangers of a half-hearted process of reform. He warned that without reform the EU would be 'back to discussing funding, back to discussing surpluses'. He warned that ' a half-hearted reform, one which will continue to attract criticism in Europe and internationally and see the CAP further picked to pieces, would help neither the farmers, nor the taxpayers, nor the consumers. The only outcome of a mini reform would be to trigger another round of discussions a few years down the road. The two outstanding issues for member states were: how far decoupling should go; the appropriate measures to be taken to avoid the re-emergence of surpluses in the cereals and milk sectors. In all the other areas (rural development, schemes to support young farmers, product quality, environmental stewardship) Commissioner Fischler reported major progress. Comment: Partial decoupling is likely to result in higher levels of EU production at lower prices, with important external trade implications, including for the ACP. Failure to agree on reform will also give the EU little room to manoeuvre in WTO negotiations.
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