THE EUROPEAN Parliament was expected this week to risk a political confrontation with the EU Council of Ministers over the budget for the planned European Food Authority (EFA), a move that could delay the establishment of the agency.

MEP's were to vote this week on a cross-party amendment agreed by the parliament's environment committee to boost EFA's 2002 budget by Euro 100 million, to reach Euro 380 million. The committee agreed that the proposed budget "would not be enough to finance such an ambitious project."

Because the ...

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