THE EUROPEAN Commission has proposed a one-year extension to the EU's production aid scheme for certain nuts and locust beans, which is due to be phased out in January. Brussels wants EU ministers to continue funding until June 2002, with up to Euro 241.5 per hectare, 25 per cent co-funded by Member States, being made available to producer organisations. The Commission also wants a specific flat-rate aid scheme for hazelnuts of Euro 15/100kg to be reinstated for the year 2002.

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