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The Role of the Future CAP in Addressing Food Security Concerns

Event Type
European Union Center, ACES
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Language Building
Dec 5, 2012   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Tassos Haniotis, Director, Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
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European Union Center Events


Abstract: The current debate on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy coincides with one of the most challenging periods for world agriculture. For many, world agriculture is at a turning point, with the existing model of production having exhausted its potential and in need of major overhaul; others would remind us that similar fears were expressed in the past, but were soon afterwards allayed by some technological breakthrough that was driven in response to such challenges. Driven by concerns about the impact of the US drought on the level of agricultural and food prices, its link to the impact of biofuel policies, and several other issues, food security is of global concern.

However, it is also of concern in the European Union, since the EU is entrenched in global developments by being simultaneously the largest exporter and importer of agricultural products. In the EU policy debate, food security reflects the need to guarantee, long-term, its agricultural production in a way that is sustainable, territorially balanced, and minimally impacting on others.

Speaker Bio:  Tassos Haniotis is the Director of the Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations Directorate in the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission.

He previously held posts as Head of Unit in the Agricultural Policy Analysis and Perspectives unit and the Agricultural Trade Policy Analysis unit in the same Directorate General, as Member and subsequently Deputy Head of the Cabinet of former European Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler (with respective responsibilities the preparation of the 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, and the agricultural chapter of the Doha WTO Round and the EU-Mercosur negotiations), and as the Agricultural Counsellor of the European Commission’s Delegation in the United States.

He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia, USA, and a B.A. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business, in his native Greece. He also spent six months as a visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Agricultural Studies, Wye College, University of London, where he studied EU-US agricultural trade relations in the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations.

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