Agreement On Agriculture Implementation Period

However, in world trade, agriculture remains ahead of sectors such as mining, automotive, chemicals, textiles and clothing, or iron and steel. Among the agricultural products traded internationally, foodstuffs account for almost 80% of the total. The other main category of agricultural products is the raw material. Since the mid-1980s, trade in processed agricultural products and other quality agricultural products has grown much faster than trade in primary commodities such as cereals. Export support measures had to be reduced by 21% in volume terms over a six-year period compared to the base period 1986-1990 and by 36% in budgetary terms (with the exception of beef products, whose base period was 1986-1992). In the European Union, this linear reduction was achieved for 20 product groups. For processed products, only the budget reduction has been made. (i) with respect to assistance provided during the base period set out in the relevant tables of support material, which has been incorporated by reference to Part IV of a Member`s Annex; and the implementation period of country-specific commitments is the six-year period that elapsed in 1995. However, developing countries have the flexibility to implement their reduction and other specific commitments over a maximum period of ten years. Members have had the choice to implement their concessions and commitments on the basis of schedules, marketing (harvest) or exercises. A year for the implementation of tariff reductions by WTO Members may therefore differ from the year applicable to reductions in export subsidies. For the purposes of the peace clause, the implementation period is the nine-year period that ended in 1995.

(ii) in respect of assistance provided in one year of the implementation period and beyond, calculated in accordance with the provisions of Annex 3 to this Agreement and taking into account the data on the elements and methodology used in the tables of supporting material added by reference to Part IV of the Member`s calendar; The 2003 CAP reform, which decoupled most of the existing direct aid, and the subsequent sectoral reforms resulted in the postponement of most of the aid under the yellow and blue boxes in the green box (€61.6 billion for the period 2016-2017, see table below). . . .

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