Boel, Mariann Fischer. (2006) “European agricultural policy in a changing environment." Annual Europa Lecture-2006. Speech 06/142, 6 March 2006. NCRE Online Paper No. 06/01. [Policy Paper]
[From the Introduction]. Today I’m a long way from home, but in some ways I could almost be on my own doorstep. Culturally, the European Union and New Zealand have a great deal in common. If anyone doubted that, they should read the Joint Declaration which we signed in 1999. In our shared commitment to supporting democracy, to the rule of law, to human rights, to environmental protection, and to so many other causes, it is clear that we see the world in essentially the same way. One of the things we have in common is the importance which we attach to agriculture. The EU and New Zealand are both highly successful agricultural exporters. In fact, although we are so far apart geographically, we are direct competitors in a number of markets. And of course, the EU is itself an important market for many of New Zealand’s key products.
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