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The Commission has recently sent the Council a recommendation for a decision on the conclusion of a protocol renewing the Cooperation Agreement between the European Economic Community and Thailand on manioc production, marketing and trade. The main changes proposed for the period after 1986 and later periods, as against the current agreement covering 1982-86, are as follows: a) the agreement would run for four-year instead of three-year periods; b) it would cover a total quantity of 21 million tonnes over each four-year period for the Community of Twelve, instead of 18.9 million (on an equivalent four-year basis) as at present. Each year, however, Thai exports of manioc to the Community would not be allowed to exceed 5.5 million tonnes; c) the EEC would continue to apply a maximum import levy of 6% ad valorem to manioc products as presently imported under the Cooperation Agreement, including hard pellets. The GATT agreements on manioc concluded in 1982 with Indonesia and Brazil have not been denounced and will consequently be extended for a further three years, i.e. from 1 January 1987 to 31 December 1989. Following the conclusion and implementation of the manioc agreements in 1982, total imports which amounted to 6 672 000 tonnes in 1981 and 8 840 000 in 1982, fell to 4 504 000 tonnes in 1983 and 5 257 000 in 1984. The figure for 1985 is estimated at around 5 250 000. ./. The overall objective of these agreements, to stabilize imports at not more than 6 000 000 tonnes, has thus been achieved. The Commission and Council consequently judged that in principle it was in the Community's interest to extend them beyond 31 December 1986. The Commission is aware that manioc imports are in competition with production and marketing of Community cereals, and this is why it has explicitly proposed that all quantities of cereal substitutes imported should be deducted for the purposes of any co-responsibility measure demanded of cereal producers. Thus, not only the cereal equivalent of the additional 525 000 tonnes of manioc per year resulting from the extension of the agreement with Thailand but indeed the totality of manioc imports are covered by the Community budget, and not in any way by cereal producers. It should also be noted that, so far, it has been possible to limit the total quantity of imports, despite increased availabilities of manioc in Thailand. These are exported to other markets. The Commission would also point out that the autonomous tariff quota for non-GATT supplier countries has been reduced from 370 000 tonnes in 1983 and 1984 to 300 000 tonnes in 1985. The Commission has proposed a figure of 200 000 tonnes for 1986.