However, the proposals put forward by Stefan Tangermann of Gottingen University (for a one-off, direct-income 'bond scheme') were in fact fully debated in the European Parliament in 1991. The politicians put the idea forward on the basis of Professor Tangermann's paper, fully aware that redundancies in any industry are extremely painful. The 'bond' seemed a less painful way of contracting an industry rendered unstoppable by the 'grotesque' CAP.
We decided to support a radical but clean-cut reform rather than see agriculture subsidised ad infinitum. We are glad that at last key farming personalities agree.
Land Use and Food Policy Intergroup
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