EU: WIne subsidies emphasise quality over quantity
The European Union (EU) is to allocate funds to encourage Italy's wine producers to focus on the quality of their product. Around €103m (US$126.9m) will be allocated to the country's wine industry, to uproot high-yield, low-quality vines and replace them with higher-quality varieties.
The subsidies have been allocated under the EU's agricultural programme for 2004 and 2005.
A total of €450m has been set aside for all EU member countries. The EU has allocated €2.138 bln in the last five years to boost the production of higher-quality wines.
According to the European Agriculture and Fisheries Commissioner, Franz Fischler, the improvement of the quality of vineyards is a priority for the EU countries.
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