The WTO is firmly placing the blame for depressed global food and farm commodity markets on the EU's Common Agriculture Policy. "The EU's policy to maintain high levels of self-sufficiency in primary agricultural products has direct spill-over effects on world markets," claims the WTO in its Review of EU Trade Policy. In addition, agricultural market access is "adversely affected" by EU farm import tariffs, which it estimates at an average 17.3%. However the Commission's director for WTO affairs, Hervé Jouanjean robustly rebutted the accusations. "On agriculture, we want to have a debate that is balanced, avoiding emotion," he said. {{PROVISIONS }}