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Brussels Update

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 03, 2012

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The EU has delayed a decision on resuming imports of wine labelled "chateau" from the USA, after French producers said the Americans did not follow the same rules that they had to. Bordeaux producers say the move would lead to unfair competition since USA producers follow a different definition of what constitutes "chateau" bottled. Chilean producers got the green light to use the "chateau" label ten years ago.

France must claw back more than 330 million euros from its fruit and vegetable farmers, after the EU's General Court upheld a Commission decision saying the support they had received breached State Aid rules. The aid was granted to farmers as part of a contingency plan to protect farmers from price drops caused by a temporary over supply on the market.

Plant nurseries could be infested by a harmful beetle if Chinese wood exports continue to fail EU import tests. Longhorn beetle infestation has increased, via wood packaging from China, prompting calls from the Dutch farm minister Henk Bleker that pressure should be applied to the Chinese to ensure that all wood exports were treated to comply with EU rules.

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