17 November 2000

More support cuts?

FURTHER reductions in farm support are possible in the next few years, going beyond the reforms already agreed under Agenda 2000.

At a meeting with French president Jacques Chirac this week, farm commissioner Franz Fischler said the Berlin agreement provided the basis for future negotiations.

"But the commission has to table (mid-term) reports on oilseeds, cereals, milk and agricultural expenditure."

Mr Fischler also announced that the commission would be coming forward with proposals for the sheep sector in time for the Nice summit of EU leaders on Dec 7. &#42