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V4 farm ministers discuss CAP, competitiveness in Budapest

Farm ministers of the Visegrád Four plus Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia discussed the future of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the competitiveness of the region's food industry and Hungary's preparations for its 2011 EU presidency at a meeting.

The EU needs to maintain a strong CAP during the post-2013 period, which should continue to serve the community, respect solidarity and the principle of equal treatment among member states, Sándor Fazekas, Hungary's farm minister told reporters after the meeting.

The farm ministers also consider it important that CAP should give sufficient priority to securing food supplies, food safety, environmental protection, mitigating the effects of climate change and more effectively managing water resources.

The ministers signed a closing declaration which promotes better living in rural areas among the main goals.

Slovenia held back from signing the document, saying that negotiations were still under way on the CAP. (MTI – Econews)