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TITLE:  CYPRUS WINES TO BENEFIT FROM EU PROMO

SOURCE: Financial Mirror, Cyprus

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URL:    http://www.financialmirror.com/more_news.php?id=7487&nt=Business

DATE:   29.06.2007

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CYPRUS WINES TO BENEFIT FROM EU PROMO

Agriculture sector in Europe can better survive if it sets as its goal the production of high quality products, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mariann Fischer Boel said, noting that Cyprus can contribute towards the achievement of this goal. In a press conference she held with the Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Fotis Fotiou, after the meeting, Boel called upon the Cypriot farmers to aim for high quality products. [...] Answering to questions regarding Genetically Modified Organisms and Cyprus’ intention to declare itself a GMO free area, she said that this can be done without any previous approval by the EU. ”If Cyprus wants to declare itself GMO free this will depend on the support from the farmers. If a voluntary agreement can be made, then this is possible. But it is not possible to introduce a compulsory or legislative proposal that prohibits the farmers to use GMO production”, she said.


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