Key EU farm decoupling talks halted again
Landmark ministerial negotiations to agree a decoupling of direct agricultural support from production levels are still being stymied by France and have been suspended a second time (EED 13/06/03). The talks, which are due to resume on Wednesday, stalled after France maintained its demand that minimum guaranteed prices for produce remain untouched. It also asked for a softening of the total decoupling being advocated by EU agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler. Sources say that some decoupling is certain to be agreed. See EU farm council minutes.