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ISSCRI2 — Result In Brief

Project ID: 44085
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES
Country: France

A close look at cotton policy

The EU has a thriving cotton industry but global policies, European regulations and competition may be harming the sustainability of the sector.
A close look at cotton policy
The EU's New Cotton Regime (NCR) was introduced in 2006 and was set to impact the cotton industry significantly, especially producers and processors of cotton products across the continent. The NCR was later shelved by the European Court of Justice after it was challenged by Spain, but important issues remained thereafter, prompting a need to develop an upgraded NCR.

The EU-funded project 'Integrating social science research into cotton reform implementation lined with the international outlook' (Isscri2) sought to support the industry in light of these developments. The project called on cotton sector stakeholders in Greece and Spain to help adjust the NCR. It also investigated cotton policies on a global scale to help elaborate a more effective one for the EU.

Importantly, Isscri2 brought together researchers to study the socioeconomic issues of cotton production, building a viable network dedicated to cotton policy. In 2007 the project established a bilingual French/English website in order to encourage interaction and publish project results. This was complemented by a newsletter that highlighted stakeholder progress and interaction, as well as policy issues in the sector worldwide. While the newsletter has ceased publication, the project's website is still operational and has lasted years beyond its mandate, underlining the importance of the subject and the project's success.

Isscri2 also organised several workshops and meetings in Greece, Spain and France to support interaction among project partners, whose efforts have led to the publication of three main deliverables. These are a report on raising public participation and awareness, a final plan for using and disseminating knowledge and a final report for the project. All this information has been useful to articulate not only current cotton policies in the EU but also as a valuable resource for other cotton-producing regions of the world such as Africa.

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