The food sector blotted an otherwise positive copybook report on open markets and liberalisation in the European Union, released recently by the World Trade Organisation. The report concluded: "Pursuing trade liberalisation through multilateral, regional and bilateral initiatives, the European Union has maintained its markets largely open, except for textiles and agriculture." It added: "The simple average tariff on agricultural products is, at 16.1%, about four times higher than that on non-agricultural products, with above average tariffs on products subject to the Common Agricultural Policy. Tariff escalation remains, in particular on processed products."