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Hungary supports Latvia’s position in relation to direct payments

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During her meeting with Hungarian Rural Development Minister Sandor Fazekas, Latvian Agriculture Minister Laimdota Straujuma discussed a number of significant issues related to rural development.

The minister invited her Hungarian counterpart to support Latvia’s opinion regarding the necessity for the EU to finally introduce fair payments starting from 2014, Agriculture Ministry reports.

‘The Hungarian Rural Development Minister agreed that the current situation with the division of direct payment to EU farmers is unfair and needs to be changed. During the discussion, I noted Latvia’s request to ensure an even and fair system,’ – Straujuma said.

The Hungarian minister supported this opinion, saying that direct payments should be set at 80% of the annual EU payment level in 2013. He also agreed with Straujuma’s opinion – all necessary measures need to be taken to contribute to use agricultural land to its maximum potential, because the world is now witnessing an increased need for food.

The Latvian Agriculture Minister will be away on a working visit in Hungary on September 26 – 28, in order to meet with specialists of the Hungarian Rural Development Ministry and discuss questions regarding agriculture in the EU after 2013, as well as discuss opportunities of cooperation between the two countries regarding direct payments in 2014.

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