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Its enlargement to embrace most of 44 Agriculture in the GAIT the countries of Western Europe would make the situation even worse. The United States took the lead in attempting to influence the evolution of the commercial relationships of a uniting Europe with the rest of the world. Its aims were to lower the height of the impending CET and to moderate the protection conferred by the still-to-be-settled CAP. These achievements would anchor Europe in a liberal Atlantic alliance and minimize the trade diversion caused by the European preferences.
An account of the consultations with the EEC was published in a special report (GAIT, 1962a). Once the broad principles and concepts of the CAP were settled in January 1962, Committee II became the focal point of the exporters' complaints 'that the Community had concocted about as watertight a system of protection as could be devised' 7 and one that was bound to have adverse effects on their exports. To the exporters, the CAP epitomized the worst features of agricultural protectionism that the Haberler Committee had so recently described.
Thus, it was left to the trade ministers at their November 1961 meeting to decide what should be done. They resolved that the CONTRACTING PARTIES 'should adopt procedures designed to establish the basis for the negotiation of practical measures for the creation of acceptable conditions of access to Early Encounters: 1948-60 41 world markets for agricultural commodities' (BISD lOS/27). As a first step they proposed the establishment of study groups on cereals and meats. These were formed, and the Cereals Group held its first meeting in Geneva in February 1962.