GREECE: Fischler outlines budgetary assistance for Greek farmers
Franz Fischler, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, presented the Commission's proposals to review the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in Greece today [Friday]. Fischler pointed out that the CAP mid-term review did not mean abandoning the CAP: "The mid-term review does not mean that we want to cut the EU agriculture budget. What it does mean is that we want to support Greek farmers differently. And it maintains the clear objective to guarantee farmers in Greece a fair standard of living. For consumers and taxpayers, the review will ensure better value for money. I am really convinced that it is in the long-term interest of Greece, a country which receives by far more CAP money from Brussels than it pays, to ensure that public support in agriculture takes place via policy instruments that are justifiable, and do not give rise to environmental degradation or overproduction."
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