The main function of this study is to summarise, in a convenient form, relevant information concerning the operation of the Common Agricultural Policy in relation to the existing trade in agricultural commodities of the associables and associates. Additionally, it will also raise some of the issues which will influence the association negotiations.
Its main concern is the effect of the enlargment of competing agricultural products as it is in this area that the enlargment of the Community is likely to have the greatest impact.
The Community's Common Agricultural Policy affects prices paid by consumers, as well as prices received by producers, and thus may have reduced consumption as well as stimulated production. Both effects reduce the market for goods from third countries.