EUROPE: EU commissioner attacks French calls for distillation aid

By Alan Osborn | 7 March 2002

EU agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler has sharply attacked requests by France and Italy for authorisation to pay national aids to wine producers in connection with the distillation of table wine saying they created  "a serious risk of distortion of competition." France has asked EU ministers for permission to pay some €45m (US$39m) and Italy for €40m. Both countries are to put around 4.5m hl into distillation.

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EU agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler has sharply attacked requests by France and Italy for authorisation to pay national aids to wine producers in connection with the distillation of table wine saying they created  "a serious risk of distortion of competition." France has asked EU ministers for permission to pay some €45m (US$39m) and Italy for €40m. Both countries are to put around 4.5m hl into distillation.

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