28 Dec 2006

Trade Agreements, Multifunctionality and EU Agriculture

Johan F.M. Swinnen / Eleni Kaditi

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This book examines the repercussions of the EU’s agricultural policies and its regional, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. It presents the analyses and findings of the European Network of Agricultural and Rural Policy Research Institutes (ENARPRI), a unique collaboration of experts from across the EU. Their contributions to this volume focus on trade flows and economic development, exploring how the agreements affect the EU and the other countries and regions involved.
The importance of a sustainable agricultural sector, with its multifunctional character in support of the environment and the livelihood of rural communities, is increasingly recognised. Thus, the book also examines the correlation between the EU’s policies and its trade commitments within the framework of multifunctionality and sustainable development. Different approaches are used to predict and compare the multifunctionality effects of various agricultural policy reforms in several country case studies.