23rd European Agricultural Outlook Conference (Outlook 2004)

Venue: Langham Hilton Hotel

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Mar 02, 2004 End Date/Time: Mar 03, 2004
Early Registration Date: Jan 09, 2004
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In the aftermath of the CAP reform agreement in June 2003 - hailed as probably the most radical in the CAP's history - the European Union is again taking stock of a changing agri-political landscape.

The year 2004 will see Member States taking crucial decisions as to how they will implement the newly reformed CAP, with its wide range of options and variants. Meanwhile, 10 new Member States will accede to the EU in May, a new Parliament will be elected in June, and a fresh Commission executive will be appointed in November.

Against this backdrop of new beginnings, Agra Europe’s 23rd European Outlook Conference will once again be looking to the future with the help of a distinguished panel of eminent international speakers.

Overshadowing developments at home will be the WTO Doha Round, seen to be faltering since the failure of the Cancún Ministerial meeting in September 2003. What progress - if any - can be made in a US election year? Will the voice of developing countries continue to be heard loud and clear in the negotiating chambers, and if so, what will it mean for the EU? All of these issues - and others - will be closely examined at Outlook 2004.

Outlook 2004 looks ahead to the other vital issues on the agricultural agenda: the impending reform of the sugar regime, the likely shifts in the EU's agri-political balance after enlargement, and the continuing rise of the CAP's "second pillar". We also monitor the latest developments on the volatile grain and dairy markets, and assess the prospects for biofuels - arguably European agriculture's most promising growth market.