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Accession of the Central and Eastern European Countries is one of the biggest political projects for the European Union. As in all previous enlargements the agricultural chapter proves to be one of the most sensitive fields of the negotiations. This book examines the effects of enlargement on agricultural markets and government expenditure in the candidate countries as well as possible effects of different choices in the politically sensitive areas of direct payments and production quotas. The ten candidate countries have quite diverse economic and agricultural characteristics. Membership in the European Union, therefore, leads to varying macroeconomic effects. Two chapters specifically deal with these aspects and their effects on agriculture as well as likely country-specific developments in Hungary and in Slovenia. The quantitative tools developed and used for this analysis have also been more widely used by governments and institutions in analyses of questions related to enlargement. The book describes and documents these quantitative tools.
About the Author
The Author: Wolfgang Münch studied agricultural economics at the University of Göttingen. With a background in development as well as international trade economics, he worked on several international research projects dealing with the consequences of enlargement of the European Union in the field of agriculture. Wolfgang Münch then joined the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection in Germany and works currently as Expert to the European Commission.
Table of ContentsContents: Agricultural Markets in Central and Eastern Europe – The CAP of 1992 – The Agenda 2000 policies – Quotas and direct payments – Land retirement – Welfare effects for producers and consumers.