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Over the last 20 years, agricultural production and structures in The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) (a cluster of countries covering a portion of the territory of the former Soviet Union) have been very dynamic.
Declining trends in the early stages of their economic transition have turned to growth, initiated and supported by land privatisation, government budget support and value chain developments. The latter occurring, in part, through the engagement of foreign investment and the accompanying transfer of knowledge and technology. New trade relations have been established as countries like Russia and Ukraine became WTO members and also as part of the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy. However, since the global financial crisis of 2008 and due to sluggish institutional and policy reforms, agricultural markets have developed slowly in the CIS.
If these countries could realise their agricultural potential, it would have important consequences for their position on international markets as well as for the bilateral trade relations between the EU and these neighbouring countries. However, current political tensions centring on the Ukrainian crisis have disrupted East-West trade in Europe, and consequently the integration process intended by the EU with countries on its eastern border has also been significantly affected. These developments raise a number of questions. For example, how are agricultural development and markets in Europe affected in the medium-term by the current situation of stagnation in Europe’s East-West trade relations? What could be the contribution of trade and foreign investment to further exploit the assumed agricultural potential in the CIS? What are the institutional infrastructures necessary for a market-driven agricultural system in CIS and what role should policy play in helping to create this? What would be the effects of further market integration on bilateral trade in agrifood products between the EU and its Eastern neighbours? What will be the impact on the agrifood sectors in the East and West if markets further disintegrate?
The 155th EAAE seminar will be organised jointly by the Thuenen Institute (Braunschweig, Germany) and the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting in Kiev (Ukraine). Deadline for abstract submission is 1st April 2016.
The 155th EAAE seminar is part of the "Days of Agricultural Economics in Ukraine" which will take place in Kiev, Ukraine from 19 - 21 September 2016. This will also provide the framework for the "VII International Large Farm Management Conference".
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