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"France's Role in CAP: The GATT Negotiations"

Lueschen, Leila. (1991) "France's Role in CAP: The GATT Negotiations". In: UNSPECIFIED, Fairfax, Virginia. (Unpublished)

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    France is a key State in the European Community (EC) and a big competitor for U.S. agricultural exports, in particular in grains. France had much to gain from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and has always promoted it strongly in Brussels. The classical approach of policy in France has been to maintain and possibly strengthen the principles of CAP. Protectionist policies and massive intervention of the State in agriculture sector had been the rule since the late 19th century. CAP and the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) negotiations are intertwined. The influence of France in shaping the CAP has been very strong. However, CAP, the basis of the French deal with Germany, is under attack. The Community is faced again with another budget crisis and the stockpiles of butter, milk, beef, wheat and sugar grow again. The old French-German coalition is weakened by different alliances on different themes. This might diminish France's influence over the EC. On the other hand, France's opposition to reduce export subsidies contributed to the breakdown of GATT in December. An exploratory study was conducted in France during September-October, 1990 in a period of intense crisis and confrontation between the French Government and the farmers during the peak of deadlock on GATT' negotiations.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other international institutions > GATT/WTO
    Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > agriculture policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1991 (2nd), May 22-24, 1991
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 24
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:46

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