Agriculture and enlargement
Over the last 50 years, a key EU objective has been to eliminate trade barriers between the EU Member States and to create a single market where goods, people, money and services can move freely. By creating a single market without borders and a single currency (the Euro), the EU has given a significant boost to internal trade and employment. Many farmers in the candidate countries have already benefited from membership ahead of enlargement. Targeted EU-funded rural development and investment schemes are in place in these countries, and the progressive liberalisation of trade in agricultural... products with the EU has helped farmers to prepare for operating and competing within the enlarged market. Economic operators in the EU and the enlargement countries have gained from open borders and easier trading conditions. Turkey and the western Balkans increased exports of basic agricultural products and processed agricultural products to the EU under preferential trade provisions.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (European Commission) Themes: Construction of Europe, Agricultural policy
- Subject: common agricultural policy, enlargement of the Union, farming sector, market enlargement, rural development, single market