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Monti 'not satisfied' by EU budget proposals for agriculture

Italy's farmers need protection, says Minister Catania

Monti 'not satisfied' by EU budget proposals for agriculture

(see related stories) Brussels, November 23 - Italian Premier Mario Monti said on Friday following a European leaders' summit in Brussels that he was particularly unhappy with the agricultural reductions proposed in talks on the EU budget for 2014-2020. "The allocation of resources and cuts in the revised proposal are not satisfactory," Monti said. On Thursday, Agriculture Minister Mario Catania said Italy preferred to have no deal at all on the EU's budget rather than a bad deal. "We need a fair solution that protects Italian taxpayers because there must be the right balance between what Italy contributes to the EU budget and what it receives," added Catania Thursday. "But there must also be proper protection for our farmers," Catania said.

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