France Fined Over Fishing
Posted 13 July 2005 - 06:03 PM
One benefit of the wider EU is that the French and Germans can no longer dominate so easily. Bearing in mind they are both financially stuffed at the moment, the UK is in a very strong position to renegotiate both the CFP and CAP.
The French & Germans can no longer afford their contributions due to the deep recessions both countries are in, and want to reduce other members (like the UK) rebates so the cost is less to them . Unfortunately for them, the UK rebate is pretty much set in stone as it requires both the UK's consent and a majority vote by the EU, most of whom are not bothered about either France or Germany's financial problems.
And the UK will only renegotiate it on their own terms ie reducing our contribution to CAP and changing the format of the CFP in return for a cut in the rebate. This of course cuts the subsidies to France and Germany, which they oppose.
Basically France & Germany want to pay less and receive the same but the UK is having none of it.
Fairplay to president Blair for not giving an inch.
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Posted 13 July 2005 - 07:31 PM
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Posted 13 July 2005 - 10:10 PM
But how can you not like French wine? Have you ever tried any of their good quality wine?
And I don't mean stuff that cost's £3.99 from your local Lidl's.
Posted 14 July 2005 - 12:03 AM
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Posted 14 July 2005 - 02:15 AM
Still don't like the French though.
[ 13. July 2005, 09:16 PM: Message edited by: Manofkent ]
Posted 14 July 2005 - 02:25 AM
I think you need to change your signature