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The Trade Policy Review and the CAP Reform: Incongruencies and Incoherencies

18 August 2021

The European Commission recently released the Communication entitled “Trade Policy Review - An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy” in which it stated that a new trade policy strategy is needed in order to “support achieving its domestic and external policy objectives and promote greater sustainability”.

The Institutions have outlined three key goals and six key areas of work (listed below) that they plan to prioritise in the reform of EU trade policy. Particularly in light of the first goal of “Supporting the recovery and fundamental transformation of the EU economy in line with its green and digital objectives”, and bearing in mind the importance of agriculture within the Farm to Form and Biodiversity Strategies as a cornerstone of the green objectives outlined in the Green Deal, it seems essential to look more closely at the links between the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and EU Trade regulations, to evaluate the coherence and compatibility of the two.

Find the inconsistencies between the CAP and the Trade Policy review by downloading our full pdf document.

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