Hungary proposes extension of European Union sugar-quota system
Hungary initiated an extension of at least five years of the European Union’s sugar-quota system currently scheduled to end in 2015, Rural Development Ministry State Secretary György Czerván said following an EU agricultural-ministry meeting in Brussels on Monday evening.
Czerván said that more than ten European Union member states, including France and, more tentatively, Germany support Hungary’s proposal to extend the EU’s sugar-quota system until at least 2020, while other member states, including Great Britain, oppose the initiative.
Czerván said that Hungary had also requested at the Monday meeting that sugar producers in the country be permitted to increase production to satisfy more than the currently stipulated one-third of domestic sugar-demand and that minimum purchase prices contained in the current sugar-quota system be retained.
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