Riga - The Latvian government rushed to justify its decision to join the UK and Sweden in blocking French proposals to reform the EU's Common Agricultural Policy
(CAP) on Friday.
The Baltic state's agriculture ministry dashed out a special release soon after the vote in an effort to explain why it had broken ranks with its neighbours, Estonia and Lithuania, in the important Brussels vote.
France, the largest single recipient of CAP funds, had proposed mild reforms to the policy which critics say would largely keep subsidies to its farmers intact.
CAP is the largest single item of EU expenditure, accounting for nearly 70 billion dollars annually and is due for renewal when current arrangements expire in 2013.