THE EU Council of Ministers has delayed taking a decision on reforming Europe's hop subsidy schemes, by agreeing to extend the current flat-rate aid of Euro 480/hectare to hops producers for three more years, up to and including the 2003 harvest. A Council statement said that this would "allow decisions on providing aid to producers to be taken at the same time as decisions on special aid measures relating to temporary set-aside or permanent grubbing-up." By the end of this period of grace, the European Commission is to present a report ...

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