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Morocco maintains suspension of soft wheat duty until April 30, 2019

Morocco maintains suspension of soft wheat duty until April 30, 2019 | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Agriculture.com, 28/12/2018 - Morocco will extend the suspension of the customs duty on soft wheat for four more months until April 30, 2019, to maintain price stability and ensure regular supply, a government spokesperson said on Thursday.

The decision was adopted by the government council in order to maintain the import price of soft wheat at 260 Moroccan dirhams per quintal, Mustapha El Khalfi said at a weekly press briefing.

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To Ag or Not to Ag - EU/USA trade links from the US point of view

To Ag or Not to Ag - EU/USA trade links from the US point of view | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Ben Conner, USW Vice President of Policy, 13/12/2018.

To Ag. That is obviously the answer. The question is if the trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union should include agriculture at all. We already covered that in August after the two governments agreed to begin negotiations.

This week, the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on wheat growers’ priorities for the negotiations. One of the priority, of course, is that the negotiations should cover agricultural products like wheat. That would avoid running afoul of WTO rules requiring free trade agreements to cover substantially all trade. It would also avoid a likely quick death in the U.S. Congress should an agreement without agriculture be presented to it.

Assuming those issues are addressed, USW wants to see protective EU wheat tariffs eliminated. Most EU imports from the United States are duty-free, but only for wheat that meets certain quality thresholds. Full tariff elimination would benefit buyers in the EU who may see opportunities to import U.S. wheat with different qualities.

The most significant challenges U.S. wheat growers currently face in the EU are non-tariff barriers also designed primarily to protect EU wheat producers. Pesticide residue and plant breeding regulations, phytosanitary tests and labeling requirements can disrupt U.S. wheat imports and create additional market uncertainty. A comprehensive agreement with the EU is long overdue and should end this sea of troubles.

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La réforme du multilatéralisme : un défi pour les institutions européennes et une solution pour la PAC

La réforme du multilatéralisme : un défi pour les institutions européennes et une solution pour la PAC | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Agriculture Stratégies, 24/01/2019 - Fruit d'un travail collectif associant des anciens ministres, des parlementaires européens et français, des élus territoriaux, des responsables du monde agricole et des experts reconnus, ce document ambitionne de refonder les bases d'un nouveau multilatéralisme.

Il y a urgence à renouveler l’approche européenne du multilatéralisme, car l‘impasse dans laquelle se trouve actuellement le projet européen est aussi lié à l’échec d’un multilatéralisme qui a davantage prôné la concurrence que la coopération et qui a vu dans l’effacement des Etats-Nations l’aboutissement de la gouvernance de l’économie mondiale.

Cette dérive est en partie à l’origine des crises économiques et sociales qui fragilisent nos démocraties.

La PAC et l’agriculture européenne en sont les témoins et les victimes : les règles de l’OMC ne sont pas adaptées, elles supposent que les marchés agricoles se stabilisent par eux-mêmes.

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