Optimistic assessment by EU ministers of stabilising demand in the European beef market is also reflected in other moves they have agreeed, such as quite minor changes in livestock headage subsidies and stocking density limits. But among Brussels officials is a feeling the ministers have become complacent. Farm commissioner Franz Fischler, who at first described the deal as "a great success", was subsequently heard dismissing it as "not even the first inkling of reform". Fischler was implicitly warning of yet another oversupply crisis to come in beef, sooner or later, because EU production and demand were fundamentally out of alignment. {{M/E MEAT }}

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