The poor impacts of the liberalisation of EU agricultural imports from Central and Eastern Europe: failure of the preferences, or failure of the associated countries?

Marc Duponcel

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    Abstract

    Between 1991 and 1995, the European Union (EU) signed association agreements with 10 countries of central and eastern Europe. These agreements provide for limited trade liberalisation in the agricultural sector. Impacts of the EU market opening up have been disappointing. The object of the paper is to review the main causes of these limited results. We show that the main reasons pertain to the supply side, namely, insufficient export surplus availability, and limited competitiveness. The very nature of the preferences is not responsible for the low level of utilisation of the preferential quotas. However, we present in the paper a number of modifications, ranging from minor technical adaptations to more significant changes. At least, these would provide flexibility, which is crucially lacking in the present state of the agreements.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-198
    Number of pages12
    JournalFood Policy
    Volume23
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1998

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