Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler has called for a quick agreement on EU farm aid to the candidate countries. At the informal meeting of ministers for agriculture from the Member States and candidate countries in Denmark, the Commissioner warned that enlargement would be blocked without this agreement.
The informal meeting of agriculture ministers, taking place
on the Danish island of Funen from 8 to 10 September, is dealing
with innovation of the agricultural sector in Europe.
In his address to the meeting, Commissioner
Fischler warned that the EU cannot begin formal negotiations with
the candidate countries on the financial aspects of the CAP until
there is a common position. He underlined that it would be
impossible to conclude enlargement negotiations at the December
Summit in Copenhagen if the Member States do not reach a compromise
on direct payments to farmers beforehand.