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Are EU trade preferences really effective? An impact evaluation assessment of the Southern Mediterranean Countries’ case

Author(s): Emiliano Magrini, Pierluigi Montalbano, Silvia Nenci

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EU Policies and Global Food Security

Author(s): Jean-Christophe Bureau, Johan Swinnen

In the past, the CAP and EU trade and food aid policies were heavily restricting imports from developing countries and subsidizing EU exports, thereby affecting developing countries’ food security. However, much has changed in the past 20 years. The most distortive policy elements have been substantially reformed and/or removed. That said, there are still causes for concern. Foremost issues relate to the reduction of import tariffs that protect EU livestock producers in case of high feedstock prices; the environmental impact of the expansion of palm plantations throughout the world; EU food standards and their obstacles and opportunities for developing countries to benefit from access to (rich) EU consumer markets. A recurring theme from the review is that the impact of EU policies on global food security today is less obvious and more complex/nuanced than often argued. Any major reform of related EU policy should be accompanied with an in-depth assessment of likely impacts on global food security....Read more

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 290693