Bavaria bows to EU demands over farm subsidies

10th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Germany had dragged its feet in respecting an EU regulation requiring all 27 member states to detail the beneficiaries of generous European farm subsidies by late April, doing so only in mid-June.

Munich -- Bavaria said on Thursday it will publish next month how much its farmers receive in EU handouts after the European Commission said it would take Germany to court.

Bavarian Agriculture Minister Helmut Brunner made the announcement following a visit to Munich, capital of the southern German state, by European Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer-Boel.

Germany had dragged its feet in respecting an EU regulation requiring all 27 member states to detail the beneficiaries of generous European farm subsidies by late April, doing so only in mid-June.

But Bavaria refused to publish the data, prompting the EU to say it would sue Germany. Agricultural subsidies are the largest item on the EU's budget, and other countries have objected to them in world trade talks.

AFP/Expatica

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