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Hungary will not introduce Single Payment Scheme in 2010

Hungary will not adopt the European Union's Single Payment Scheme (SPS), a subsidy system for farmers, this year, agriculture minister József Gráf said at a farm exposition on Thursday. ungary has told EU officials that it will not adopt the SPS in 2010, Gráf said.

President László Sólyom asked the Constitutional Court in November 2008 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

Gráf said it was unbelievable that the court had not taken a decision on the matter in more than a year. (MTI-Econews)