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European Union - Tenth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 25 February 2003.




EU enlargement

Implications for the World Trade Organisation Doha Round

Impact on Less Developed Countries



The Common Agricultural Policy

Proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

The Inquiry

The Committee's call for evidence

Parallel work in the House of Commons

Developments since the Commission's Communication of July 2002


Scope of this Report

Viable agriculture and rural policy: the Mid-term Review proposals tested against OECD criteria

Response to market signals

Efficiency and sustainability

Integration into the multilateral trading system

Provision of access to adequate and reliable supplies of safe and high quality food

Contribution to the sustainable management of natural resources and the quality of the environment

Contribution to the socio-economic development of rural areas

Contribution to national and international food security

Implications of the Commission's Mid-term Review proposals for eastward enlargement of the European Union

Attitudes to CAP reform in the Candidate Countries

The likely impact of the mid-term review proposals on the agricultural sector in the Candidate Countries

Implications of lack of reform proposals for dairy and sugar regimes

Relevance of the proposals to the European Union's position in the Doha Round of agricultural trade liberalisation negotiations

Impact of the proposed mid-term review reforms on the less developed countries


Conclusions on Less Developed Countries

Effect of proposals on sustainability of European agriculture

Conclusions on sustainability



Time is not on the reformers' side


The WTO Doha Round

Impact on Less Developed Countries

Sustainability of European agriculture

Recommendation to the House

Box 1: The language of the CAP

Box 2: The Commission's mid-term review proposals (22 January 2003)

Box 3: OECD Criteria for viable agriculture and rural policy

Box 4: CAP is something we can be proud of

Box 5: WTO classification of subsidies and the Common Agricultural Policy

Appendix 1 Membership of Sub-Committee D

Appendix 2 List of Witnesses



Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

Written Evidence    1

Oral Evidence 30 October 2002  6

Department for International Development (DFID)

Oral Evidence 30 October 2002  12

Republic of Slovenia

Written Evidence    18

Oral Evidence 14 November 2002  19

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States(ACP), Brussels

Oral Evidence 27 November 2002  23

Written Evidence    27

Action Aid, The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD),

Christian Aid and Oxfam

Written Evidence    29

Oral Evidence 27 November 2002  37

His Excellency Dr Stanislaw Komorowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

and Mr Waldemar Guba

Written Evidence    42

Oral Evidence, 4 December 2002  43

The Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate & Confectionery Alliance

Written Evidence    47

Oral Evidence, 4 December 2002  48

His Excellency Dr Pavel Seifter, Ambassador of the Czech Republic

and Mr Ales Cernik

Written Evidence    53

Oral Evidence, 4 December 2002  56

National Farmers' Union of England and Wales (NFU)

Written Evidence    60

Oral Evidence, 11 December 2002  63

Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and

European Landowners Organisation (ELO)

Written Evidence by CLA  69

Written Evidence by ELO  72

Oral Evidence from CLA 18 December 2002  79

Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)

Oral Evidence 18 December, 2002s  86


Consumers' Association  91

Environment Agency  95

The Federal Trust    95

Food and Drink Federation  100

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)   102

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)   104

Slovak Republic    106

Tenant Farmers Association  108

UK Industrial Sugar Users Group (UKISUG)   111

NOTE: Pages of the Report and Appendices are numbered in bold type; pages of evidence are numbered in ordinary type. References in the text of the Report are as follows:

  (Q) refers to a question in oral evidence;

  (p) refers to a page of the Report or Appendices or to a page of evidence.

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