Sweden welcomes EU agriculture reform talks

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Sweden's government is happy with EU talks on making farming subsidies better for the environment, although campaigner Greta Thunberg calls it "an agricultural policy that basically means surrender on climate and the environment."

The compromise agreed by the EU council of ministers says farmers should use 20% of their subsidies for climate and the environment, and subsidies for rural development should have 30% set aside for green targets.

Agriculture Minister Jennie Nilsson says that it was important for the Swedish government to have these environmental goals for direct subsidies for farmers, in order to ensure a level playing field across the EU.

The proposal that was agreed by ministers of the 27 EU nations will also have to be voted through the parliament, where an alliance of the centre-right, centre left and liberal groups have already agreed on a similar deal with slightly higher green targets.

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