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Gov't to introduce SPS farm subsidy system from 2010

The Hungarian government has decided to introduce a Single Payment Scheme (SPS) from January 1, 2010, Agriculture Minister József Gráf said.

The government will inform officials in Brussels of the decision on Thursday or Friday, Gráf said. If the Constitutional Court's ruling on the bill allowing the change requires more than an amendment to the law, Hungary could return to the current system, he added.

President László Sólyom asked the Constitutional Court in November to review legislation introducing the SPS after its approval by Parliament. He said the reference period on which subsidies would be paid would put farmers who started working their land at a later date at a disadvantage. (MTI – Econews)