EU: MEPs press for higher European food promotion budget
The European Commission is being urged to increase the money available to a proposed promotional budget, designed to help EU food producers market their products; the European Parliament wants the sector to be compensated for the likely loss of export refunds as a result of the WTO agricultural round. MEPs have backed a motion calling for changes to a regulation "on information provision and promotion for agricultural products on the internal market," so that the EU is urged "to make maximum use of the scope for promotional policies under WTO rules." They also called for particular campaigns to last for two years, not three years, as in the current proposal.
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