In the final phase of negotiations on the agriculture and budget areas of Slovakia’s entry treaty, the EU gave in to some Slovak demands including increased isoglucose production quotas and 47.5 million euro towards the guarding of Slovakia’s eastern border with Ukraine.
While Slovakia earlier wanted to be allowed to produce 50,000 tonnes annually of isoglucose, the sweet syrup made from corn that is used in making soft drinks, the EU at first proposed 3,500; the agreed figure is now very close to the Slovak demand.
The two areas of debate are the final “chapters” Slovakia has to close in an 80,000-page entry deal before it can join the European Union as planned in May 2004.
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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