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Hungarian farm minister meets with Spanish counterpart

Hungarian Agriculture Minister József Gráf met with his Spanish counterpart Elena Espinsoa Mangana in Budapest.

Both ministers agreed that the EU's common agriculture policy (CAP) ought to be maintained after the end of the 2007-2013 budget period, and both said the farm sector had to be ready to give adequate answers to new challenges, such as environmental change.

Gráf said the talks were of special significance as Spain, and Belgium, will hold the rotating EU presidency in 2010, before Hungary takes it in the first half of 2011.

Gráf thanked his Spanish counterpart for supporting Hungary in its endeavor to keep the country free of genetically modified crops.

Gráf said Hungary and Spain's trade balance in farm products is more or less balanced in spite of Spain's overall surplus. Spain's farm sector is much bigger than Hungary's, he explained. (MTI – Econews)