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Nitrates Directive Proving Difficult for Government

15 November 2012

FRANCE - Following a meeting led by the Ministries of Agriculture and Ecology, agricultural organizations and associations for the protection of the environment have an update on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive and the progress of related EU law.

At the meeting, the Agricultural Chamber denounced the insufficient consultation on the Nitrates Policy application. The Chamber restated their point that improving water quality could only be done by recognising the requirements and characteristics of different agronomic territories.

"The new obligations for operations in vulnerable areas will lead to a loss of livestock in many territories," said Guy Vasseur, President of the Chamber of Agriculture.

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