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Rising food prices – EU responds - 05/06/2008

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International action and policy adjustments at home – EU proposals to mitigate the food crisis.

At the UN food security conference in Rome (3-5 June), commissioner Louis Michel is presenting how the EU intends to deal with the recent surge in food prices.

The main message is that the problem needs to be tackled now from all sides. EU leaders are therefore seeking to develop sustainable solutions through coordinated action at international level within the UN and the G8. Already in May the Commission outlined a series of measures to mitigate the impact of rising food prices.

The EU's response will include adjusting its agricultural policy to maximise production potential and launching longer-term initiatives to increase food supply and security.

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