Blair House Agreement

Blair House Agreement

An agreement between the United States and the European Union to reduce subsidies to exporters and domestic producers. These subsidies were given to make products cheaper at their final destinations; this type of arrangement is thought to reduce competition and to harm international trade. The Agreement was concluded in 1992 in order to bring the U.S. and the EU into compliance with the Uruguay Round.
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EU farmers are allowed to grow non-food oilseeds on set-aside land under the terms of the Blair House agreement with the United States.
corn exports to Portugal jumped from 306 to 434,000 tons as part of the Blair House agreement.
According to the Blair House agreement, the maximum production surface area is limited to 5 million hectares a year.
France would solely be required to take steps to allow the products to pass in transit through its territory so as not to infringe Community rules on the free movement of goods within the Internal Market.Whither the Blair House Agreement?The French ban on animal meal would create a problems in terms of finding alternatives, Jean Glavany, the French Farm Minister, commented on 5 November.
COPA and COGECA say the production limits set under the Blair House Agreement eight years ago will be observed.
The amendment seeks to ensure the observance of the undertaking given under item 7 of the 1992 Blair House Agreement on oilseeds and protein crops between the EU and United States.In a drive to meet its international commitments, the European Commission sought to ensure the basic Regulation includes scope for applying corrective measures if the quantity of by-products (destined for animal feed) from oilseeds and protein crops grown for non-food applications on set-aside land exceeds 1 million tonnes of soya cake equivalent.
The Commission also informed that it is currently preparing a report on the application of the White Paper on renewable energy in the Member States.Other issues.Members of the Standing Group seemed satisfied with the agreement within the Council on a proposal for a Regulation aiming to permit the Commission to take action where thresholds set in the EU-US Blair House Agreement for oilseeds and protein crops for non-food applications grown on set-aside land are exceeded.
Experts with the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA), responsible for preparing the work of the EU Council of Ministers, resumed their deliberations on November 29 on a 1995 proposal for a Regulation aiming to permit the European Commission to take action where thresholds set in the Euro-American Blair House agreement for oilseeds and protein crops for non-food applications grown on set-aside land are exceeded.
When far-right MEP Jean-Claude Martinez (France, TDI) issued a rambling critique of the WTO and the 1992 Blair House Agreement on agriculture between the EU and the United States, it prompted Mr Lamy's most liberal statements on trade.
The oilseed crushers are also angry that the cereal intervention price has been cut by only 15% instead of the 20% initially proposed by the European Commission.Savings of Euro 3.5 billion.Fediol argues that, together, these measures will only make the imbalance between the different crops within the arable sector worse and "will probably lead to a fall in oilseeds area far below the limits imposed by the Blair House Agreement (the November 1992 EU/US compromise - Ed.).
For a start, the Ministers are urged to work towards creating the conditions for freeing EU oilseed production from the fetters imposed by the 1992 Blair House Agreement for both food and feed use and production for non-food outlets.
The alliance believes the proposals will further dent the competitive edge of oilseeds in relation to other arable crops, regrets that no proposals exist for non-food uses such as biomass, and rejects the area constraints imposed by the 1992 Blair House Agreement between the EU and United States.