THE EUROPEAN Parliament has accused the European Commission of putting the cart before the horse by attempting to begin a phasing out of tobacco growing subsidies, before a long term review on whether they should survive has taken place.

MEP's sitting in the full plenary session of the parliament backed its agriculture committee's stance, which criticised the Commission's proposal for reducing premiums by around 10 per cent for 2002-2004, while openly admitting that the revised scheme "sets the scene for ... phasing out of ...

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