May 18, 2009

Europe drops Fiji's sugar subsidies

The European Union has cancelled Fiji's sugar industry assistance payments for 2009, worth more than $US30 million.

The move is in response to the military-backed interim government's refusal to allow a return to democracy.

It is the second year in a row that Fiji has been refused access to EU subsidised payments for the sugar it provides to European markets.

In 2007, the EU announced that because of a military coup, Fiji was in breach of the conditions relating to democracy and human rights under which subsidies are provided to third world countries.

There has been no response from Fiji's interim government.

1 comment:

Tim said...

No response because there IS not credible response. The junta are too busy cutting off each other's noses to spite their fugly faces