IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the leaked proposal of President of the European Council Charles Michel would be a huge blow for Irish farmers. It must be rejected by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the EU Council meeting next week.
The latest draft proposal is due to be officially tabled at the EU Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday next.
“The Taoiseach must now focus on these EU negotiations and not be distracted by the negotiations to form a new Government,” he said.
“This proposal contains a significant cut in the CAP budget and it would be devastating blow for Irish farmers and rural Ireland and must be rejected” he said.
“I made it very clear at the IFA AGM in late January that farmers could not take cuts. They need an increased CAP budget to at least take account of inflation and any additional asks being placed on farmers,” Mr. Cullinan concluded.