Farm ministers fight it out in Brussels
AGRICULTURE ministers meeting in Brussels are still no closer to getting an agreement on reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy, reports the Financial Times.
French farm minister Jean Glavany said his country had “deep divisions” with Germany over funding of the CAP reforms.
He is supporting cuts of 10% in the guaranteed price of cereals. But the European Commission is insisting on cuts of 20%.
The Commission is also insisting on a similar settlement for oil-seed farmers, albeit subject to a phasing-in period.
The Commission has also hinted at retaining compulsory “set-aside” arrangements that pay farmers to take land out of production.
This is a retreat from its previous stance – where it wanted set-aside for emergencies.
Germany also faces conflict with France over “co-financing”, whereby member states would take on the burden of funding agricultural subsidies.
France is fundamentally opposed to the change.
- CAP deal “unlikely before weekend”, FWi, yesterday (23 February, 1999)
- Commission unveils CAP concessions, FWi, yesterday (23 February, 1999)
- French dilemma over CAP reform, FWi, yesterday (23 February, 1999)
- 40,000 farmers in Brussels punch-up, FWi, yesterday (23 February, 1999)
- NFU wants “Third Way” for farm reform, FWi, 22 February, 1999
- Financial Times 24/02/99 page 2
- The Guardian 24/02/99 page 13, page 18, page 19 (Leader)
- The Daily Telegraph 24/02/99 page 15