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Activities in Scotland
Activities in Scotland

Regulation, Speculation and World Food Prices

On 16 September, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh and the World Development Movement (WDM) hosted a debate on the regulation of food commodity markets in the context of an anticipated revision of the EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) which may propose new rules on the trading of commodities when it is published later this year.

The event was chaired by Mark Lazarowicz MP, Shadow Minister for International Development and featured a presentation by Murry Worthy, WDM policy officer, followed by a Q&A session with a panel made up of George Lyon MEP, Alyn Smith MEP and Catherine Stihler MEP as well as former MEP candidate Belinda Don.

The seminar examined the case for the increased regulation of markets in which food commodity derivatives are traded as well as wider issues relating to world food prices and food policy in general, including reform of the Common Agriculatural Policy.