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EU cuts funding to poorest citizens

posted on October 21, 2011

BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union nations confirmed plans on Thursday to cut over three-quarters in funding for a program that helps feed 18 million of its poorest citizens.

EU Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said after Thursday's meeting of EU farm ministers he was '"apalled" that six nations continue to block the extention of the euro500 million ($690 million) annual program after New Year's day.

The reduced program of euro113 million comes at a time of rising unemployment and consumer food prices as European countries try to slash budgets in the face of the economic crisis.

Ciolos suggested a compromise proposal to assuage Germany and five other nations that constitute a blocking minority in the EU's decision-making structure, but still could not pass it.

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