Euro-Med: Seeds of a Raw Deal?
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In December 2003, the ministers of the European Union (EU) and Arab Meditteranean countries agreed to speed up talks to achieve a higher level of progressive and reciprocal liberalisation of agricultural trade across both shores of the Mediterranean.
Agriculture is a high stakes matter in the Arab Mediterranean region, with three quearters of the poor living in rural areas. Up to 40 per cent of the population depend on agriculture producing fruit, vegatables and cereal primarily. Decisions on pace, sequencing and scope of agricultural trade liberalisation will undoubtedly have an imapct on riral livelihoods in the region.