France rules out CAP negotiations at EU summit

12th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 12 (AFP) - France said Sunday that there would be no reopening of the deal on the European Union's common agricultural policy (CAP) at next weekend's EU summit in Brussels.

PARIS, June 12 (AFP) - France said Sunday that there would be no reopening of the deal on the European Union's common agricultural policy (CAP) at next weekend's EU summit in Brussels.  

Asked whether France would accept to have the issue reviewed Budget Minister Jean-Francois Cope told French radio: "No, because it was a subject raised in 2002 which gave rise to a deal and for which France has already made an effort."  

The Brussels summit of the 25 member states looks likely to be marked by wrangling over the 2007-2013 EU budget and in particular over the British rebate, or abatement.   French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder are seeking to make the issue the central element in the talks.  

The latest proposal from Luxembourg, currently president of the EU, suggests that the three main net contributors - Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden - should pay less and that the British rebate should be frozen at EUR 4.6 billion (USD 5.58 billion) in 2007 and then progressively diminished.  

If no action were taken the rebate would rise to EUR 7.1 billion (USD 8.61 billion) over the period 2007 to 2013.  

Facing isolation on the issue British Prime Minister Tony Blair has tied the rebate to a re-examination of the CAP, of which France is the chief beneficiary.   

On Friday French President Jacques Chirac ruled out any renegotiation of the EU's farm budget, saying he was "not prepared to compromise on this unanimous agreement.  

"Everyone must pay his share ... but I am not prepared to compromise" on the October 2002 agreement which set out subsidies to farmers to the year 2013," he said.

 

© AFP

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