25 Jun 2014
GOVERNMENT URGED TO SEEK AGRICULTURE PORTFOLIO IN NEXT EU COMMISSIONBrussels, Oireachtas
In a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, IFA President Eddie Downey has strongly suggested that Ireland should pursue the Agriculture portfolio in the next EU Commission.
Eddie Downey said, “There are important decisions ahead for the agriculture sector, including climate change, retail legislation and trade deals. Irish and European farmers need a strong voice around the Commission table”
“The mid-term review of the CAP will also be taking place, which is an opportunity to re-focus on supporting food production and ensuring a viable living for active, productive farmers. The right outcome on these policy areas will only be achieved by having a Commissioner who recognises that the direction the CAP needs to change.”
The IFA President said Ireland’s mistake in deciding not to take up the portfolio in the outgoing Commission should not be repeated. “The Irish Government will want to secure a portfolio that can have a real impact for Ireland. As agriculture is our largest indigenous industry, this is something we should actively seek ahead of the formation of the next Commission in September.”