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French Equivalent: Accord de Blair House

A Memorandum of Understanding on Oilseeds (often referred to as the 'Blair House Agreement') was negotiated with the US during the GATT Uruguay Round negotiations in 1992. Furthermore, it paved the way for the Uruguay Round Agreement.
While allowing European Community support for the production of certain oilseeds to continue, it established a number of restrictions on this support. In particular, it placed a limitation on the supported area, which should not exceed 5.482 million hectares3.

In addition, a restriction of 1 million tonnes (in soybean meal equivalent) was placed on the quantity of by-products made available as a result of the cultivation of oilseeds for non-food purposes on subsidised set aside land.

As a consequence of the decision taken in the context of the CAP Health Check in 2008 to abolish the specific payment for energy crops and the set-aside regime, there is no longer any restriction on the EU's oilseed area. In the absence of set-aside the clause concerning by-products from land subject to set-aside has no relevance.

In other words, although the Blair House Agreement remains in force, in the context of today's CAP there is no limit on EU production of oilseeds.

Source Publication:
OECD Agricultural Outlook: 2001-2006, OECD, 2001, Annex II – Glossary of Terms
European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, 2011. Oilseeds and protein crops in the EU. p. 2.

Cross References:
Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture (URAA)


Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics - Agricultural policy indicators

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, April 3, 2013