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By A. Piccinini, M. Loseby

The ebook describes the context during which the typical Agricultural coverage of the eu Union has been verified, the elemental mechanisms of the coverage for the most sectors of agricultural creation and their model over the years based on alterations within the broader international economic climate; the alterations in japanese Europe, the issues of constructing nations and the GATT-WTO contract particularly. An creation via Franz Fischler, eu Commissioner with accountability for Agriculture, units the scene for neighborhood coverage past 2000.

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Agricultural Policies in Europe and the USA: Farmers Between Subsidies and the Market

The publication describes the context during which the typical Agricultural coverage of the ecu Union has been tested, the elemental mechanisms of the coverage for the most sectors of agricultural creation and their version through the years according to alterations within the broader global economic system; the alterations in japanese Europe, the issues of constructing international locations and the GATT-WTO contract particularly.

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The FAO index of world agricultural prices, base 1989-91 =100, rose to 108 in 1994, to 118 in 1995. The assertions of those in favour of free trade at the GAIT negotiations, that there would be an increase in prices once surpluses had been disposed of and levels of protection and price support had been lowered, have been partly confirmed by the facts. The decline in 1998 seems linked with contingent events such as the economic crises in Asia and in Russia and good harvests in the United States.

Another element concerns direct and indirect transfers to farms 'outside' price policy. In calculating this element it is difficult to discover from state budgets all the items destined to agriculture, such as, for example, subsidies to exports which are often included under non-agricultural expenditure headings and under items where they are difficult to detect. Market prices, stock levels, surplus disposal andfood aid For many agricultural commodities, prices on international markets are far from representing a free market price' to be taken as reference , often because it is government policies themselves which influence prices through the sale of surpluses and even through humanitarian aid.

This would surely be a long process, but it is an indispensable one. It could be started with the elimination of the debt that the Community has accumulated with respect to farmers. One may wonder what this debt consists of. The answer is: the right to per hectare compensation and the value of the quotas are rights that have been acquired contractually by farmers from the European Union and thus they are debts the Community owes to the farmers. It is enough to be aware of this and to proceed as in paying off any long-standing debt.

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