Arab Today, arab today baltic farmers demand fair slice of eu aid
Last Updated : GMT 08:38:00
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Baltic farmers demand fair slice of eu aid

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Baltic farmers demand fair slice of eu aid

Vilnius - AFP

As the EU braces for bruising budget talks, the bloc\'s three small Baltic states have stepped up their campaign to get what they say is their fair share of farm aid. After chugging across Europe to Brussels, a Soviet-era tractor is being used to press their concerns by arriving to join up with Baltic protestors outside the bloc\'s headquarters at the start of a crunch budget summit Thursday. \"I have 60 cows and I also grow cereal. I get around 30,000 euros a year in support, which represents around a third of my income, and that plays a role on the profitability of my holding,\" Bronius Markauskas, one of the protest organisers, told AFP in Kedainiai, central Lithuania. \"I\'ve cut back the amount of soya and rape-seed I use, so that my milk is cheaper to produce. But I\'m not developing my holding at all. There\'s no question of buying new animals. The future\'s far from clear.\" As the economic crisis turns the focus on a drive to rein in EU spending, this week\'s talks threaten to turn into an ugly fight between older, wealthier members of the 27-nation bloc and poorer states on its southern and eastern fringe. With a combined population of 6.3 million people, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are among the smallest members of the EU. The trio were part of the EU\'s 2004 big-bang expansion behind the former Iron Curtain, when the bloc\'s membership nearly doubled from 15. They are net beneficiaries of the EU budget, counting on European \"cohesion funding\", or aid to help poorer members catch up with the more advanced member states and thereby smooth differences across the bloc\'s single market. Like other ex-communist states, they are pledging to defend that support to the hilt. They argue that they should not have to bear the burden of cuts, given that they have been locked in among the EU\'s toughest austerity drives since the crisis struck. The issue of farm aid is their other major bone of contention, stretching back to the pre-crisis era, as the Baltic trio demand a level playing field under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The CAP is a system of EU subsidies to farmers, but east European nations complain that west Europeans, notably in countries such as France, get an unfair share. \"It is one of our priorities to ensure fair distribution of payments in the EU-27,\" Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis told AFP as he watched the tractor leave his country\'s capital Riga. It\'s not possible to compete in the EU internal market if some countries receive subsidies that are several times larger than the level of support for Baltic farmers.\" Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics upped the ante on Tuesday by saying that protecting cohesion funding and a fair go for Baltic farmers were \"red lines\" for this country. On average, European farmers receive 296 euros per hectare from CAP coffers. Currently, Lithuania\'s farmers receive 119 euros, set to hit 144 euros in 2014 under current spending plans. In Estonia, meanwhile, the sector is similarly disgruntled. \"Even with a planned increase -- 40 extra euros by 2017, which will raise our aid from the current 117 euros to 156 euros per hectare -- support for Estonian farmers will remain among the lowest in the EU,\" said Aivar Kokk, deputy head of the Estonian parliament\'s rural affairs committee. CAP aid was long based on production, as the original goal when it was launched in the 1950s was to provide a buffer against the kind of food shortage seen in post-war Europe. After that caused the legendary \"mountains\" of grain or butter, for example, Brussels has tried to add an environmental protection edge to the CAP. Production still remains a factor, however, and the Baltic states have spent two decades trying to undo the impact of low output by the collective farms that were the norm during their five decades as Soviet republics. In addition, their small domestic markets are less than competitive, and their farm sectors have struggled, with smaller operations going under. In Lithuania, the farm sector accounted for 11.3 percent of total employment in 2011, and 16.5 percent of exports.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today baltic farmers demand fair slice of eu aid Arab Today, arab today baltic farmers demand fair slice of eu aid

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today 11 family members dead in rebel push

GMT 07:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

11 family members dead in rebel push
Arab Today, arab today To probe sexual harassment claims

GMT 10:08 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

To probe sexual harassment claims

GMT 05:15 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Gold firms as markets await Trump tax plans

GMT 04:58 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

EU, IMF in ‘common position’ on Greece crisis

GMT 14:57 2017 Monday ,20 February

A giant initial public offering on track

GMT 14:50 2017 Monday ,20 February

Energy Market Research

GMT 09:38 2017 Monday ,20 February

Japan returns to trade deficit in January
View News in Arabic - Business: نفط وبتروكيماويات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today 63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby
Arab Today, arab today Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'

GMT 06:41 2017 Monday ,20 February

Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars

GMT 06:34 2017 Sunday ,19 February

Ahmed Fahmy stresses he did not ignore singing

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 12:22 2017 Monday ,20 February

Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 05:15 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Omega 3 can reduce asthma cases

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 16:08 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Shawsh reveals her collection "Jewelry of dreams"
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday