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Deadline looms for farm reforms

08 March 1999
Deadline looms for farm reforms

EUROPEAN Union agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels tomorrow must reach agreement on CAP reform by the end of the week …more…
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Deadline looms for farm reforms

08 March 1999
Deadline looms for farm reforms

By FWi staff

EUROPEAN Union (EU) agriculture ministers have just days to meet the deadline for agreement on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Ministers meeting in Brussels tomorrow (Tuesday) must reach agreement by the end of the week if they are to meet a deadline set by the German presidency of the EU.

The Germans want agreement before a special EU summit at the end of the month discusses the Agenda 2000 reforms to farm spending and regional aid.

In an eleventh-hour move last Friday, German agriculture minister Karl-Heinz Funke has suggested that plans to reform the EU dairy sector should be abandoned.

Germany claimed that cutting support prices by 15% for milk would fail to yield the predicted savings of Euro8 billion (£5.4bn) in the EU budget.

The news is likely to dismay UK agriculture minister Nick Brown, who favours radical changes to the dairy sector, including the phasing out of milk quotas by 2006.

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