Keith Nuthall
EUROPEAN Union agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler has resisted an attempt by the Greek government to bypass the European Commission in its bid to pay state aid to cotton producers. Greece asked a meeting of the EU Council of Ministers for agriculture to consider the matter as it has the power to authorise the payments. The Commission also can approve or reject the aid, although it can be overruled by the council. Fischler said that Greece has not formally notified Brussels of the subsidies, as required by EU law. He added: "As to ...

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