EU cuts to agriculture 'not acceptable,' says Coldiretti

Proposal to slash 25.5 billion affects ability to revive growth

EU cuts to agriculture 'not acceptable,' says Coldiretti

Rome, November 15 - Cuts proposed by EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy to agriculture could affect one of the "few sectors able to revive the Italian and European economies" and are "unacceptable", farmers' association Coldiretti President Sergio Marini said on Thursday. Budget cuts presented to the 27 member states for 2014-2020 would result in approximately 25.5 billion less for common agricultural policy, resulting in a "significant reduction in the resources available for the country," Marini said. Spending cuts of more than 80 billion euros are included in the latest draft of the EU's seven-year budget plan. Those spending cuts, contained in a proposal from Van Rompuy and released Wednesday, do not go deep enough for some member countries including Germany and Britain.

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