PRIME Minister Iveta Radičová paid a two-day visit to the United Kingdom on May 10 and 11 and met her British counterpart David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg to discuss various matters including the EU budget for 2014-2020, the SITA newswire reported.
Radičová told the media that she and her British hosts agreed on most topics, including budget priorities, potential tax harmonisation and the need to consolidate national budgets, adding that she thinks a key change could be made in the EU’s common agricultural policy, which traditionally accounts for a significant portion of the EU budget. She said the current system is not fair as farmers from older member states receive more in subsidies than farmers in newer states.
“It is not fair that the market and competition are replaced by higher subsidies in some countries at the expense of other countries. It jeopardises our own production and this model is not really just,” she said, as quoted by SITA, adding that the response to this should not be less money for French farmers, but less money for large farms.
During her trip Radičová also met Thomas Mirow, the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and gave a lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science titled Fiscal Discipline in the EU: A Question of Transparency and Commitment. She referred in her speech to her government's recent rule requiring all government contracts to be published online.
16. May 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff