Agriculture and EU enlargement

Agriculture and EU enlargement

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Agriculture plays a larger role in the economies of the new Member states of the EU than it does in EU-15. There have thus been fears of the market being flooded by cheap agricultural exports and controversy about the extension of CAP payments. This report, therefore, looks at the impact of enlargement on agriculture both in the new Member states and in the UK. It concludes that structural fragmentation and the lack of capital investment mean that the new Member states are not in a position to undermine EU agricultural markets. However there are concerns about the quality of inspection and food quality. For the UK the Committee think that enlargement is more of a challenge than a threat, especially if the government does more to help promote UK food exports and investments.Supplementary memorandum submitted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Letter to the ... 30 inspection missions from the Food and Veterinary Office provided regular updated information to the Commission and to the ... Defra and the Food Standards Agency have also ... Two recent examples include a training seminar for Border Control staff from Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Estonia, andanbsp;...

Title:Agriculture and EU enlargement
Author: Jack Michael
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2004

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