SUGAR beet processing and production companies from Italy have failed to overturn a EU Council of Ministers decision to phase out by this year special state 'adjustment' aid paid to their sector. Sadam Zuccherifici, Sadam Castiglionese, Sadam Abruzzo, Zuccherificio del Molise and Società Fondiaria Industriale Romagnola had claimed that ministers had not followed proper procedures. This was rejected by the European Court of Justice's Court of First Instance and again, on appeal, by the full ECJ.

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