Archive Article: 2000/12/08

8 December 2000

&#8226 IRISH farmers are to get all the agrimoney compensation available to them this year after the Irish government agreed to match the contribution coming from Brussels. The entire package will amount to k28.6 m of which 50% will go to the cattle sector. The payments will be made in the New Year, subject to clearance by the commission.

&#8226 EU trade commissioner Pascal Lamy has suggested the EU may need to reformulate its position on the new WTO round so it is more acceptable to developing countries. "We must get ready to go further towards a position acceptable to less developed countries, as it is clear that these countries are not yet convinced about the benefits of a new round," he said.

&#8226 CANDIDATE countries for accession into the EU have moved a step closer to getting their hands on k520m they have been promised as aid for agriculture and rural development. EU farm commissioner Franz Fischler this week signed an agreement laying down detailed rules of how the money can be spent.

&#8226 SWEDEN is making final preparations for when it takes over the presidency of the EU from France on Jan 1, 2001. During their six-month term the Swedes are promising they will seek to encourage forestry and improve labelling on genetically modified food. The country will also be pushing to promote a "holistic view of the animal and human food chain". &#42

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