Keith Nuthall
ITALY has announced that it is to join a growing band of European Union countries that want to grant special national aid for the distillation of excess wine stocks, in the teeth of opposition from the European Commission. It wants Member States to abide by the new common market organisation, which was designed to limit such production subsidies.

The Italian delegation has informed the EU Council of Ministers that Rome intended to make distillation payments, if the pending opinion of the EU Wine Management Committee on such aid did "not ...

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