The European Union is set to cut sugar production by just over 3% in the coming marketing year. The move is not linked to its long term plans to reform the sugar market regime, but to meet the 1994 Uruguay Round Agreement terms. Member states are expected to endorse a 500,000t cut in sugar quotas for the 2000-1 year. A precise figure will be released in the autumn, once this year's sugar beet crop figures have been analysed. Any cuts in quotas will be applied to both A and B quotas, as already agreed by agriculture ministers. Further permanent quota cuts will follow in 2001. {{PROVISIONS }}