EU rules pose threat to farmers

26 June 2001

EU rules pose threat to farmers

FWi staff

MANY farmers could be risking hefty fines by failing to keep up with European Union legislation, reveals a new survey.

Almost one in four small and medium-sized agricultural businesses are uncertain whether they are complying with the most up-to-date EU rules.

More worryingly, two-thirds of bosses say they havent made any changes to their business as a result of new laws from Brussels.

Peter Knowles, head of small commercial markets for Norwich Union, which carried out the survey, said he wasnt surprised by the results.

“Businesses are under increasing pressure to maintain their profits and hundreds of EU laws are passed each year affecting every area of business.”

Failure to comply with EU laws could result in fines of up to 50,000.

Norwich Union has produced a guide called Unravelling European Business Law to help businesses fathom the complexities of EU legislation.

Stephen Alambritis of the Federation of Small Business said: “ignorance about developments” may prove to be far more costly than imagined.

 For a free copy of Unravelling European Business Law call 0800 0280939.


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