EU to cut farmers' red tape

The European Union has said it wishes to reduce the amount of red tape for farmers.

It is aiming for a 25 per cent cut in administration by 2012 and hopes to achieve this by streamlining legislation, making life simpler for those who make their living from the land.

The Czech presidency is looking to make a "concerted effort" to achieve its target and has asked the Agriculture and Fisheries Council to address the situation by outlining which areas need attention.

With the issues of food supply and environmental concerns being prominent in news stories within the past few years, the move will allow farmers to spend more time tending their crops and cattle.

It will lead to an increase in productivity and financial savings, according to Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel.

The European Commission has revoked over 300 outdated rules in the past four years and looks set to vanquish more before 2012.

France handed over the rotational presidency of the European Union to the Czech Republic in January.




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