German presidency important for EU agricultural reforms

19 June 1998

German presidency ‘important’ for EU agricultural reforms

GERMAN Chancellor Helmut Kohl stressed the importance of the German presidency at a time when decisions on European Union (EU) agricultural reform, structural aid and members financial contributions were due to be taken.

He warned against excessive centralisation of the EU in a report to parliament after this weeks Cardiff summit of EU leaders.

He said the devolution of decision-making, or subsidiarity, had crucial importance after the “historic” decisions to launch the Euro and expand the EU to include former communist countries.

Mr Kohls comments were designed to boost his image and portray him as a defender of German self interests ahead of the September general election.

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