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Environmental and health-related standards influencing the competitiveness of EU agriculture

The European Commission, DG VI, has published an invitation to tender concerning a comparison of environmental and health-related standards influencing the competitiveness of EU agriculture in relation to the main competitors in the world market.

Standards established by environmental or health-related policies impose adjustment requirements on farmers which can sometimes be accompanied by serious costs. As long as all producers of a certain product are subject to the same legal constraints, these do not affect competition among them. Concerns about the competition effects of diverging environmental and health-related standards have been raised in several instances. Some EU Member States point out that international trade must respect EU standards. In this context the Directorate-General for Agriculture intends to carry out a study on comparison of environmental and health-related standards influencing the relative competitiveness of EU agriculture vis-à-vis main competitors in the world market.

Further information may be found in the tender documents, available from the Commission.

Subjects

Agriculture
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