16 Nov 2010
IFA SEEK MEETING WITH COMMISSIONER CIOLOS ON SUGAR BEETUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan has written to the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos, seeking a meeting with a view to revisiting the restrictions and removing all the barriers to future sugar production in Ireland.
This move follows the publication of the European Court of Auditors report last week which found that the closure of some sugar factories in Europe was unnecessary and that some efficient producers were forced to renounce their sugar quotas under the reform.
Mr. Bryan has told Commissioner Ciolos that “the closure of the sugar industry in Ireland in 2006 was a devastating blow to farmers, the factory workers and all engaged in the industry. It wiped out a profitable and viable industry for 3,700 beet growers and their families, who were left with no option, as a result of the decision taken by the EU Commission.”
The IFA President warned that the report “highlights the grave dangers of pursuing a free trade agenda, whether through WTO or bilaterally in Mercosur. Clearly the free trade agenda pursued by the EU Commission has failed to recognise the damage that it could inflict on food production in Europe.”
The IFA President met with the former members of the IFA Sugar Beet Management Committee this week to discuss the European Court of Auditors report and IFA is also meeting with CIBE (European Beet Growers’Organisation) in Brussels