02 July 1998
Poland pushes its point on farming goods to the EU

POLAND is to press home its views on the free movement of farming goods to the European Union (EU) next week.

Poland wants to minimise the transition period in sensitive areas such as free movement of labour and farming goods after EU membership. Its chief negotiator, Jan Kulakowski, is due to go to Germany where he will emphasise this very point.

The EUs new Austrian presidency will push for an early start to negotiations on membership for Cyprus and five central and eastern European countries. The Austrians say a long transition must be imposed on the new states to stop a flood of people and cheap farm produce entering existing EU countries.

The six have been invited to prepare their negotiating positions by the middle of September. The other countries are the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia and Slovenia.

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