FratiniVergano’s latest issue of Trade Perspectives© is published
The first article provides an outlook on the eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11), which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 10-13 December 2017. The article first provides some background information on WTO Ministerial Conferences in general and developments at the preceding Ministerial Conference, which took place in December 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. The article then details the various areas of negotiation that will play an important role at the MC11. The first issue concerns negotiations on certain fisheries subsidies, an area in which negotiations in the Negotiating Group on Rules have well advanced. The second issue concerns certain issues relating to agricultural trade, namely ‘trade-distorting farm support’ and the issue of public food stockholding schemes. Finally, the articles notes that the MC11 will be overshadowed by debates about systemic concerns put forth by some WTO Members, in particular the US. The article concludes that it can only be hoped that discussions and negotiations in Buenos Aires will not only lead to agreement on the substance, but also mitigate some of the key systemic concerns currently affecting the WTO
The second article addresses the approval by the European Parliament’s AGRI Committee of a new regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products, which was agreed earlier this year in the trilogue by the Commission, Parliament and Council of the EU. The article looks at the history of the EU organic farming rules and at the new regulation, which covers agricultural products, food, seeds, plants and processed products and aims at harmonising rules on EU production. Most importantly, it will make seeds and plant reproductive material adapted to the organic farming needs more accessible. The article concludes that under the new regime, to be applicable as of 2021, the recognition of control bodies related to imports is progressively shifted to a regime that requires compliance with EU rules.
The third article addresses the latest developments on insects as food and feed in the EU, in particular as the EU continues its efforts to expand the authorisation of the use of insect protein in feed and as an increasing number of EU Member States allows insects as food. The article first provides some background information on the issue. The article then analyses the recently adopted EU Regulation that allows feeding animals in aquaculture with processed animal proteins (PAPs) from insects and notes the EU’s intention to also allow the use of insect proteins for poultry feed by 2019. Finally, the article discuss recent developments in Finland, Spain and Switzerland allowing the use of insects as food. The article concludes that the EU framework is still far from finalised to accommodate the various opportunities for insect-based food and feed.
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