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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

EU farm ministers seen split on food chain rules

An ideological split over European Union regulation of agricultural markets could prevent farm ministers from agreeing on measures to boost the power of producers in the food chain at a meeting in Brussels on Monday (29 March).  EU nations that favour strong intervention by Brussels - led by France - want to give producers more power to negotiate favourable prices for their goods with suppliers and retailers, who they regard as having too much influence over farm prices. Options floated by the EU executive and backed by these countries include possible changes to EU competition rules to allow producers to jointly agree prices for their produce, or the mandatory use of standard contracts in the food supply chain. But opposition from a handful of more liberally-minded countries - led by Britain and Sweden - is expected to block agreement on the plans.

Source: Euractiv