EU urges US to go deeper in farm subsidy cuts
The European Union has urged the United States to make deeper cuts on
agricultural subsidies, pledging to improve its offer on farm subsidies, much to
the condemnation of American Farmers.
Ahead of World Trade Organisation ministerial talks in Geneva aimed at
narrowing differences in negotiations on lifting global trade barriers, EU
agriculture commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said: "We need real offers,
specifically on domestic support."
EU trade commissioner Peter
Mandelson too called for "effective, real cuts in farm
Mandelson reiterated that "the EU is prepared, if the
circumstances are right, to significantly improve our offer in agricultural
However American farmers, have criticised the WTO's
call for the US to further reduce its agriculture subsidies to help revive
struggling global trade talks.
Bob Stallman, president of the
American Farm Bureau Federation, said proposed figures for subsidy and tariff
cuts cited by WTO were unacceptable because they would result in economic losses
for the United States' farm producers.
Stallman said US agriculture
would reject any trade deal that would force Washington to significantly cut
back on government handouts to farmers without providing "real market access"
opportunities for exports in return.
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