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Commissioner Sicco Mansholt and the creation of the CAP

Dutch minister urged to resign in CAP row | The Guardian - Aug. 2005 |

Dutch Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman is being urged to resign over his ownership of a French farm which campaigners say gets more than £100,000 a year in subsidies from European taxpayers.

Opposition Green party politicians have demanded an emergency debate in parliament this week, after The Observer revealed on 14 August that Veerman's farm in the Dordogne is being run by his son, despite a promise to avoid conflicts of interest by putting it at arm's length.

Jan Peter Balkenende, the Prime Minister, has defended Veerman but there have been angry calls for him to surrender his portfolio to avoid accusations of a conflict of interest during controversial debates about the Common Agricultural Policy's future.

Campaigners are hoping to build a consensus for radical reform of the CAP in the Netherlands. 'There will be a debate that maybe the Minister for Economic Affairs should take over,' said the Dutch MEP Max van den Berg. 'That could help, because it was clear that Veerman was willing to support agricultural reform only within certain limits.'

Veerman, who was made an honorary citizen of France for his services to agriculture, and also owns a large agri-business in the Netherlands, signed an agreement handing his French farm to a third party in 2002, but the deal lapsed after a year. His spokesman last week admitted 'mistakes' were made.

Yannick Du Pont, of the anti-CAP Evert Vermeer Foundation, said Veerman was the only obstacle to reform in the government.  

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