Common agricultural policy Agricultural trade Export market
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Matthews, Alan. 'Common agricultural policy reform and national compensation strategies'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXVI, Pt. I, 1988/1989, pp1-43
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXVI, Pt. I, 1988/1989
While providing income support to producers the Common Agricultural Policy
also redistributes resources between EC member states. As a net agricultural
exporter Ireland is a significant recipient of resource transfers in this way. Irish
strategy in the past has been to maximise these transfers by supporting as high a
level of price support under the CAP as possible. A reduction in agricultural
support is one of the objectives of the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations now
underway. If successful, this would adversely affect the size of the transfers
provided through the CAP. This paper quantifies the benefit to Ireland from the
CAP in recent years and looks at possible compensation options if CAP transfers
It argues that switching resources from CAP to non-CAP spending within the EC
budget could leave this country better off in real terms while also being desirable
on other grounds.
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