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EU Calls for Greater Cuts to US Farm Subsidies

The European Union says the United States should make more ambitious cuts to farm subsidies in a new U.S. farm bill.

European Commission spokesman Michael Mann responded Thursday to a U.S. Department of Agriculture budget proposal that would cut farm spending by $18 billion over five years. The bill, which requires Congressional approval, would also make it more difficult for American farmers to qualify for subsidies.

Mann said the U.S. should deepen cuts in domestic subsidies to advance the stalled Doha round of World Trade Organization talks.

The trade talks stalled last year because of differences among major trading partners, including the EU and the United States, over how much to cut farm subsidy programs.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.