The European Commission has announced a significantly tougher regime for EU tobacco growers for the period 2002 to 2004, openly admitting that the revised scheme "sets the scene for allowing the phasing out of subsidies." EU leaders agreed at their summit meeting in Gothenberg in June that the subsidies should be brought to an end in parallel with measures to develop alternative sources of income for tobacco workers and growers.

The latest communication makes clear Brussels' determination to wind down support for less popular varieties ...

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