Sugar is currently leaving a sour taste for the policy makers of the European Economic Community.
Sugar is currently leaving a sour taste for the policy makers of the European Economic Community. Today (Monday, september 24), Common Market Farm Ministers discussed the future of the community's sugar policy. But they were allowed little prospect of breaking the deadlock encountered last week by their Foreign Ministers. And at the end of the day's session, the divisions within the community over this major problem in the agricultural sector had only been emphasised.
Because there is little hope of the Community joining the new world sugar agreement, due to start next year, the Farm Ministers focussed their attention on the EEC's internal sugar production.
Before today's session were recommendations from a special commission that the Community should cut back production by 600,000 tons, import more than twice this amount from developing Commonwealth countries deprived of preferential markets in Britain, and seek an export quota in the new world pact of 800,000 tons.
Holland, alone of the nine member countries, was in agreement with these proposals. The greatest measure of disagreement came from France and Belgium, who opted for total freedom of production. Other states wanted better quotas than those proposed by the Commission.