Tension in Brussels as officials disagree
Growing pressure on positioning of disadvantaged area payments
Published 16/11/2010 | 05:00
Tension is mounting in Brussels ahead of the Commission's unveiling of its CAP reform paper on Thursday.
Senior advisers to all the commissioners met for hours last Friday in a heated meeting that overran its scheduled time.
It is believed that negotiations on the final wording of the paper broke down between officials from the agricultural and environmental divisions.
The difficulties are understood to have centred on a push for further "greening" of the measures that would govern the payment of farm subsidies.
However, it is believed the final document will closely mirror the draft paper that was leaked some weeks ago.
Sources within the Commission say that the three options will not be as starkly different as they were when initially set out in the draft paper.
In addition, "minor changes", especially on the treatment of small farmers, are being considered.
The first of the three options outlined last month was billed as an "enhanced status quo". The second sought "more targeted, balanced, and sustainable support". The last option suggested abolishing all "market and income supports".