09 December 1998
France, Germany urge CAP reform

FRANCE and Germany have urged their fellow European countries to make progress on the farm budget reforms at this weekends European Union summit in Vienna.

They want EU members to show a willingness to compromise and make concessions, according to an open letter written to the Austrian summit host.

The letter makes clear it that they see CAP reform as “essential” for EU enlargement, to control spending and to prepare for forthcoming negotiations in the World Trade Organisation.

But it has been published a day after a meeting of EU foreign ministers which saw no progress on Agenda 2000 reform.