EU member states are trying to preserve “absurd” agricultural situations when it comes to redistribution of farming payments, according to one MEP, who stressed that the European Parliament is not willing to budge on the matter.
In Ireland, a storm is brewing over the need to give all farmers an equal slice of EU payments. While Irish farmers association argue that this risks more farms becoming unviable, proponents say it is needed even the playing field for small farms.
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A group of member states opposed to retaining external convergence in the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), have criticised the Finnish Council presidency for not even considering scrapping the concept.
The French minister for economy has said Europe needs to find long-term perspective, define its values and lay out a plan for the next 15 years, to be validated by an EU-wide referendum. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
The European Commission wants to establish minimum social rights as part of a package due to be unveiled in Spring 2016. Paris and Berlin are exploring plans for a "social Eurogroup", the French President said. EURACTIV France reports.
New member states and Sweden are unlikely to adopt the euro in the near future, according to convergence reports issued by the Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB). The Commission has urged candidates to step up their efforts.
The economic divergence is growing among EU countries. Rich countries get richer as compared to the average and the poor getting poorer. The EU's efforts to achieve economic and social convergence is put in question.