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Title: Malta's contribution to the process of reforming the European Union's common agricultural policy
Authors: Sghendo, Andrea (2015)
Keywords: Agriculture and state -- European Union countries
European Union countries -- Politics and government
Agriculture -- Malta
Agriculture -- European Union Countries
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Sghendo, A. (2015). Malta's contribution to the process of reforming the European Union's common agricultural policy (Master’s dissertation ).
Abstract: This thesis focuses on the role that Malta played in the recent reform of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy. The European Union's policy-making process is one of its most distinctive features as it encompasses a vast number of political actors and institutions, who all seek to exert some degree of influence. Policy-making in its present form has resulted out of long years of development and treaty ratifications, particularly following the Treaty of Lisbon. These changes were made necessary by a variety of factors, predominantly the European Union's enlargements, which brought in a multitude of new Member States. Consequently, the number of views and national interests involved in the construction of European policies became equally varied, rendering the task of policy-making considerably complex. As a small EU Member State, Malta had to find ways to adapt in order to avoid becoming a simple 'policy-taker'. Much like other small Member States, Malta developed its own strategies in order to ensure the protection of its own interests within the European Union's policies. In light of the recent reform to the Common Agricultural Policy, this study examines how Malta managed to upload its national agricultural interests in the European Union's reform agenda. Moreover, the study also assesses the extent to which the new Common Agricultural Policy takes regard of Malta's sensitivities. To do this, the case study research methodology was adopted. The results extrapolated were predominantly based on the qualitative analysis of official European and National documents. The analysis was conducted through the process-tracing of a specific sequence of events that were relevant to the study's objectives. The results indicate that Malta's contribution was largely effective and that the new Common Agricultural Policy takes somewhat better regard of Malta's agricultural requirements.
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