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Food prices to rise on EU entry

THE PRICE of food may rise by 10 per cent when Slovakia joins the EU, according to research by the Research Office for Agriculture and Foods (ZÚEPP).

ZÚEPP director Gejza Blaas said: "When Slovakia becomes a member of the union, and [has to follow] its agriculture policy, there will be higher prices for [many] agricultural products than today's Slovak farmers get."

However, agricultural economist Felix Hutník told the Pravda daily that Slovaks already pay "about 30 per cent of their net wage" for groceries, in comparison with some countries of the EU where the figure is as low as 12 per cent.

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