Monday, May 15, 2006

Wine makers may suffer.
I notice in the wine trade press this week that to try to end the overproduction of wine within the EU, eurocrats are to reduce the amount of financial aid that they are giving to member countrys.
Officials are asking that the budget for subsidies be divided between member states and not taken from a central pool. The amount each country receives will depend on previous levels of production.
This means ultimatly that the larger countrys within the union such as France & Italy would benefit most, leaving the smaller wine producers like Malta, Greece & Portugal at a great disadvantage, this will cause certain countries to reduce mass production and some to even abandon vineyards altogether.
So the countrys that most require these subsidies are the ones that are going to be hardest hit?

"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians".
Charles De Gaulle.

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