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From: ruud peys
To: maryatwarmwell@hotmail.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:28 AM

Hello Mary,
How are things in the south of France ? Have you seen the press release from Defra about the consultation on the Health Check?
Is it not a bit silly, to say the least. Defra starts a consultation now for twelve weeks, that is till the first half of September. But the discussion in Brussels started at the 20th of May, if I remember rightly. One British newspaper reported that the UK was not present at all at an important EU ministerial meeting where the first salvos about the Health Check were fired. The discussion will continue in the summer, what is the use of the input of farmers and others in this consultation round?

Hope others will give their opinion..