Extracts from the press briefing by Michael Mann, spokeperson of Mariann Fischer Boel, on the cessation of subsidies granted to the Tobacco Industry
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 20/11/2008 First transmission: 20/11/2008
Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave a press conference to explain the European Commission's decision regarding tobacco subsidies. There will not be new subsidies for tobacco, however, small producers will be able to benefit from some money from the rural development to restructure their activity.
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||Exterior view of the European Commission's building
||Arrival of Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: In 2004, there was an agreement to abolish subsidies for tobacco production between 2006 and 2010 and that is not going to change; there won't be new money, new subsidies for the sector of tobacco; the subsidies for the tobacco production will cease in 2010 as planned; what we have done for the small tobacco producers, is to give them the possibility of using part of the money from the rural development fund, to help them adapt to the new market situation, to restructure their production, to produce something else.
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Michael Mann: In the 2004 reform, it was decided to increase aid, so there is no specific link between production and subsidies; 50% of aid will go to rural development fund and the other 50% will go to direct payments; this money comes from the 50% of the old tobacco aid which have already gone into rural development, so it is not new money, it was already in the rural development fund.
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Michael Mann: Tobacco producers, who got in the past for instance 10,000 euros, now get 5 000; this money is not related to tobacco production, but to everything else they might now produce; 5 000 euros will now go into the budget for rural development; from that money, a "small" producer can get part of that money for the restructuring of his holding; it is perfectly clear that in 2011, the maximum amount he can get is 4 000 euros and it goes down in 2012 to 3 000 euros and in 2013, to 1 500 euros; it is a limited program over 3 years.
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