The Dutch State Secretary for European Affairs Atzo Nicolaï has warned that EU enlargement could fail if Member States do not agree to phase out direct payments to farmers.
Mr Atzo Nicolaï said in an interview with the Financial Times
that “the Dutch government cannot agree to providing income support
to new members if there is no agreement for phasing out direct
payments to member states’ farmers.” “If we cannot agree this
common position with the member states, it will be a big problem