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Farm ministers discuss milk and beef reform

18 January 1999
Farm ministers discuss milk and beef reform

THE livestock sector is top of the agenda this week for European farm ministers trying to agree on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy …more…
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Farm ministers discuss milk and beef reform

18 January 1999
Farm ministers discuss milk and beef reform

THE livestock sector is top of the agenda this week for European farm ministers trying to agree on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy …more…
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Farm ministers discuss milk and beef reform

18 January 1999
Farm ministers discuss milk and beef reform

THE livestock sector is top of the agenda this week for European farm ministers trying to agree on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Farm ministers meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday) have until the end of March to decide the way forward for CAP.

The ministers, who have been debating reform for months, will this week discuss the European Commissions plan to cut milk and beef support by 15% and 30% each.

France and Ireland are expected to hold out for a lower price cuts but the real arguments are likely to focus on the method of compensation to farmers.

A number of member states, including the UK and Denmark, support the current commission proposal for top-ups to all existing headage payments.

But others, notably France and Austria, favour a more radical shift in the allocation of funds, away from beef special premiums towards suckler cows and extensification.

A third option, spelt out in a paper from the German presidency, suggests doing away with beef special premium and extensification payments altogether.

The Germans favour replacing those payments with a single slaughter premium paid at one rate on all finished animals throughout the EU.

The idea has won support from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands which have lost out under the current regime due to the 90-head limit on beef special premium.

But most member states acknowledge that a single slaughter premium will be incompatible with World Trade Organisation rules, because it would be linked directly to production.

The commission has therefore been asked to refine its proposals in time and come up with more detailed costings for debate in time for this weeks meeting.

But the hard bargaining is expected to take place at a next months Council which is expected to last for a week.

Meanwhile, European finance ministers are holding discussions on the Agenda 2000 programme for reform of the EUs budget, agricultural and structural funds.

Few decisions are expected to be taken at this stage and the finance ministers are expected to want further details before considering how to finance agricultural reform.

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