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“Towards maximising the application of economic expertise to agricultural policies across existing and new Member States”

The problem

Individual countries develop agricultural policies that evolve from and focus on their specific national needs. As new countries join the EU, there is a need to harmonise policies for the greater good of the European Union and to maximise the application of economic expertise. This would be aided greatly with the creation of a network of experts involved in agricultural policy analysis in the new Member States, candidate countries and the countries of the western Balkans so as to support the formulation of Union agricultural policies focusing on market and rural development policies.

CEEC AGRI POLICY  Analysing agri-economic policy in an enlarged EU


CEEC Agri-Policy will:

  • Produce a database of organisations and experts with an interest in agricultural policy in the New Member States, candidate countries and the western Balkans. The database will help experts and organisations to initiate co-operative economic research and to identify other experts or organisations with specific competencies
  • Identify the research potential in the field of agricultural policy analysis of the organisations (type, size, production and productivity), scientists (level and sector of education, age, gender etc.) and foremost specialists in agricultural policy analysis in each country covered by the project

Contribution to policy development:

  • CEEC Agri Policy will gather and provide expert economic advice to inform the debate and decision-making on new agricultural policy in an enlarged EU.
  • The database and network of individual and organisation specialists in agricultural economics will provide policy-makers and negotiators with rapid access to
    expert advice.
  • The project will help identify weak areas of information and knowledge and prioritise future research proposals.
  • It will facilitate the harmonisation of agricultural policies across and between Member States.

Project deliverables

  • Project fact sheets – October 2005
  • Report on project workshop 1 – January 2006
  • Annual project report – April 2006
  • Reports: annual summary of expert-group activity – April 2006; individual and organisation competencies across Europe – April 2006; project workshop 2 – May 2006; project Workshop 3 – January 2007; project workshop 4 – April 2007; annual summary of expert-group activity –
    April 2007
  • Final report – April 2007


  • Launch website – September 2005
  • Newsletter – September 2005; February, May and September 2006; February and April 2007
  • Expert workshop reports will be widely circulated and placed on the project website.

Technical information

Project acronym: CEEC AGRI POLICY
Project’s official full title: Agro-Economic Policy Analysis of the New Member States, the Candidate States and the Countries of the Western Balkans
Research priority: 1.1. Modernisation and sustainability of agriculture and forestry, including their multifunctional role in order to ensure the sustainable development and promotion of rural areas
Specific webpage:
Proposal/contract no: 513705
Start date: 1 January 2006
Kick off meeting: January 2006
Completion date: January 2008
European Commission scientific officer: Hans-Jorg Lutzeyer,

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