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Economic Growth in the Euro-Med area through Trade Integration. Focus on Agriculture and Food

21 Mar 2013.

JRC-IPTS workshop (Brussels)

The 2011 Arab spring provides a unique opportunity to rethink economic relations between the European Union (EU) and North-African countries (NACs). A new set of analytical analysis is required in order to contribute to the design of thriving deep and comprehensive free trade areas (DCFTAs). This project conducted by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies, IPTS) aims at providing regional and national impact analysis of possible DCFTAs between the EU and respectively Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

The purpose of this workshop is to present and discuss the results among regional and global actors. As a major Mediterranean trade actor, impacts in Turkey are also proposed. Four scenarios are modelled and analysed:

  • Trade liberalisation scenario which shows the potential impacts of agri-food trade liberalisation between North African and EU countries in the context of DCFTAs negotiations - impact of non-tariff measures is a sub-scenario;
  • Domestic consumer protection scenario which addresses trade distortions and rising world food prices;
  • Public and private investment scenario which captures the effects of FDIs and capital flow increase in NACs;
  • Food waste scenario which focuses on the improvement of food chain efficiency, i.e. reducing losses in NACs agricultural production, post-harvest handling and storage.

Morning session will be dedicated to the presentation and discussion of modelling results at regional and national levels by the project partners.

A panel discussion on strategies for promoting growth in the Euro-Med area with key regional actors will take place during the afternoon with confirmed experts from AfDB, EBRD, FAO and OECD.