Freer Trade, Sustainability, and the Primary Production Sector in the Southern European Union is the first full-scale academic work to cap- ture the primary production sector policy aspects of trade liberaliza- tion and sustainability with a detailed focus on a typical southern EU country, Greece. Many efforts were pooled together in making this book. In May 1996 the Department of Economics of the University of Crete organ- ized an international conference on European Agriculture in the light of the recent WTO agreement and the need for sustainable develop- ment. The conference was sponsored by the European Commission (DG XII, contract no ENV4-CT-96-6514), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, contract no L320263049), the Hellenic Ministries for Agriculture and for the Environment, and the University of Crete. While summarizing the conclusions of the conference, sev- eral speakers felt that the issues relating to the Southern EU would de- serve separate coverage. The conference directors judged that cover- age of the issues for a single Southern EU country might have an ad- vantage, regarding detail, over a cross country analysis which would certainly be welcome at a later stage. Responding to this call, the University of Crete generously reallo- cated all of its infra-structural costs covered by DG XII, ESRC, and the other sponsors above, in the form of a new grant to host a follow-up conference aiming to explore the issues for Greece.