Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Agriculture and EU Enlargement

Terms of Reference:

The Committee will examine the current state of agricultural production in the accession states; the effect of the transitional arrangements and of CAP reform, including the Commission proposals for reforms to specific commodity sectors; and the impact of enlargement on the agriculture markets of Europe.

The deadline for the submission of written evidence for this inquiry is Friday 9 January 2004.

Oral Evidence Sessions:

Wednesday 3 March 2004 HC 421-i (uncorrected)

3.00pm    Professor Secondo Tarditi, of the University of Siena; Professor Emil Erjavec, of the University of Ljubljana; and Professor Stefan Tangermann, Director for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries at the OECD

Wednesday 10 March 2004 HC 421-ii (uncorrected)

2.45pm    Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Slovenia
3.30pm    Ministry of Agriculture, Slovak Republic

Wednesday 24 March 2004 HC 421-iii (uncorrected)

2.30pm    National Farmers' Union; and the Country Land and Business Association
3.15pm    Food and Drink Federation
4.00pm    Federation of the Food and Drink Industries of the Czech Republic

Tuesday 27 April 2004 HC 421-iv (uncorrected)

4.00pm     Lord Whitty, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Press Notices

31/10/2003    New Inquiry
19/02/2004    Evidence Sessions Announced
05/03/2004    Change of Time
25/03/2004     Re-arranged Evidence Session
15/04/2004    Report to be Published