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In Quotes: The EU's agricultural accord

Agricultural subsidies have divided Europe in the past

Agriculture ministers across Europe have hailed the compromise they reached today in Luxembourg to reform the EU's common agricultural policy (CAP).

But the deal is condemned by those who campaign for poor farmers in the developing world.

French Agriculture Minister Herve Gaymard:

Taking account of the diversity of the interests at stake... I think very honestly that this compromise can legitimately give us satisfaction.

Spanish Agriculture Minister Miguel Arias Canete:

We've achieved all our aims: basically, maintaining arable and livestock farming throughout Spanish territory without anything being abandoned... We've secured very important advances.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder:

I believe German farmers can not only live with this compromise, it will put them on a good path.

EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler:

There are a lot of schoolmasters telling us in the last few months that we have to do our homework. Now it's up to others to do their homework. For example, thinking of our American friends: contrary to what the EU has done over the last few years, they've resurrected a lot of the trade-distorting policies of the past and actually increased agricultural support enormously. You should really practise what you preach.

Italian Agriculture Minister Giovanni Alemanno:

The compromise is positive for Italy, which will have 13.14m Euros more each year for agriculture and rural development.

Portuguese Agriculture Minister Armando Sevinato Pinto:

We have obtained an excellent result for Portuguese agriculture... We increased significantly the quota for meat cattle, which many said was impossible and which is fundamental for Portugal... We managed to reconvert the less competitive sectors of our agriculture and we also obtained an annual transfer to Portugal of about 168m Euros.

Slovenian Agriculture Minister Franc But:

This accord is something that undoubtedly means a big step forward. The same money will be paid out in a different way. This also means that some who have so far perhaps received quite a lot of EU money, especially large farms in the European area, will receive slightly less, but for the mountainous region, for Slovenia as a whole, I believe that this means more in the long-term.

Latvian Agriculture Minister Martins Roze:

It is favourable for us, because we can solve the issues that are not strictly agricultural production issues, but conditioned by social factors...

Oxfam spokesman Phil Bloomer:

European agriculture will still be subsidised to the tune of 30bn (44bn Euros) creating vast surpluses that will be dumped on poor countries. Europe had the opportunity to take global leadership on making trade work for the poor, instead it has chosen to stick its head in the sand... the ransom will be paid by poor farmers who will continue to suffer as a result of EU dumping.

Worldwide Fund for Nature statement:

With the half-hearted agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, EU agriculture ministers have proven once again their lack of commitment for an environmentally sustainable European agricultural policy.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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