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20070530

Sweden: 'Abolish EU farm subsidies'

Europe should abolish all farm subsidies, Sweden's government has said in a submission to the European Commission in Brussels.

Swedish Agriculture Minister Eskil Erlandsson announced on Tuesday that he had put forward Sweden's radical new position to officials drafting the new European agriculture policy, which is due to be launched in 2013.
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The idea of completely abolishing farm subsidies, leaving a fully market-oriented farming sector, is controversial.

"We are the first country in the EU to propose this," Erlandsson told journalists at the Swedish parliament on Tuesday.

Sweden wants export subsidies, intervention subsidies and production subsidies to be phased out completely, leaving only subsidies for environmental protection. The proposed system would closely resemble the system in place in Sweden before the country joined the European Union.

Erlandsson said that producers, consumers and politicians were "for the most part" united on the issue. But those EU countries that do well out of farm subsidies, such as France, Greece and Poland, are likely to oppose any watering down of the system.

"We are currently trying to attract allies, and right now they are found among our neighbours in northern Europe - Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK," the minister said.

Agriculture subsidies account for 40 percent of the EU budget. Erlandsson did not specify what his proposals would do to this figure.

The reforms would be made possible, Erlandsson said, by high market prices. This was due to increased demand for both energy and food. The price of grain has increased by 35 percent in the past year.

"We expect continued high market prices, and this means that the subsidies can be removed," he said.

Finally! But reforming EU- politics on the farming sector has as much chance a a snowball in hell. That is if Sarkosky does´nt make 180 degree turn from France´s earlier political stance. And that- as we well know is a big no, no for any French president wanting to have a consecutive election win.

I once thought that EU was a good idea. But instead of free markets (which was the whole idea of the organisation), we got protectionism, buerocracy and planned echonomy. EU is slowly turning in to a new soviet union!

TT/The Local/Gummihund

3 Comments:

Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hey there buddy...miss your comments...come on by when ya can~!

Wednesday, 30 May 2007 at 16:37:00 CEST

 
Blogger James Biga said...

The last holdout for keeping the subsidies will be France. They have been trying to nail the US for not providing subsidies as the EU has. This will be an interesting situation. Getting rid of subsidies is a major step away from Socialism.

Wednesday, 30 May 2007 at 17:07:00 CEST

 
Blogger pela68 said...

Yeah. The subsides is foremostly gaining French farmers. The tax- financed crop residue are then either put on hold (rotting away)- or being sent down to third world countrys, mainly in Africa. There the local farmers have not got a chance to compete with the "freebee" Europeian, tax- funded crops. Putting them out of buissnes.

At the same time EU has a toll wall against goods from Africa! Putting the people there in ever more poverty.

Hmmm, socialism in it´s aces!

Thursday, 31 May 2007 at 00:10:00 CEST

 

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