The European Union Commissioner for Agriculture, Franz Fischler, was in Prague on Monday to sign the two agreements aimed at bringing Czech agricultural policies in line with EU requirements. The result will be one of the biggest financial commitments thus far pledged by Brussels to the Czech Republic. Peter Smith has the story.
Mr Fischler co-signed the two documents with the Czech Finance Minster Pavel Mertlik. They take the country one step closer to the implementation of the EU's SAPARD programme, which helps to prepare nine former Eastern Bloc countries for participation in the most taxing and complex Brussels initiative - the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The agreements signal one of the largest ever investments by the EU in candidate countries, and Mr Fischler outlined the details of what it will mean to the Czech Republic.
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