The nine European Common Market Agriculture Ministers met again on Sunday (29 April) and tried to break the deadlock on the 1973-74 farm price increases for the start of the new season on the first of May.
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Background: The nine European Common Market Agriculture Ministers met again on Sunday (29 April) and tried to break the deadlock on the 1973-74 farm price increases for the start of the new season on the first of May.
They met on Saturday (28 April), but the day-long session wound up with nothing achieved.
The man with the hardest job at the meeting is EEC Commission farm chief, Pierre Lardinos. The nine ministers have asked him to prepare a compromise package deal which will hopefully reconcile the opposing positions of the different ministers.
The key to any such deal still lies in bringing France and West Germany to an agreeable position. France wants the West German border tax to be simplified drastically, but West Germany wants the taxes to stay just the way they are. France also wants price rises to continue to stay just the way they are. France also wants price rises to continue for dairy produce. Ireland says it's ready to pay higher prices, but Britain and Italy, already battling inflation, say the prices have gone far enough.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting of the European Common Market Agriculture Ministers continued in Luxembourg on Sunday, but there were no ??? that they were getting close to a solution. The nine farm representatives are due to decide on price increases for 1973-74 before the first of May, but that appears unlikely. They met on Saturday, but that, 500, ended in deadlock.
The new problem centres around West Germany and France, and the border-tax issue. France wants the tax to be reduced and simplified, but West Germany won't agree. It wants the tax to stay like it is.
Britain's stand is to nail down inflation, and oppose any further prince rises. Italy has the same feeling, but france wants the prices to keep rising. There's still a lot to settle, but there's not much time left to do it.