22 Dec 2010
IFA PRESIDENT HOLDS MEETING WITH FINE GAEL LEADERUncategorized
At a recent meeting with the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and his team of representatives, IFA President John Bryan said there had been a constructive discussion and a valuable exchange of views on national and European issues affecting the agriculture sector.
The IFA delegation, which included IFA European Director Michael Treacy, highlighted the CAP talks and the Mercosur trade deal as key European issues for the farming sector.
John Bryan said, “the negotiations around the CAP post-2013 will step up in 2011 and we emphasised to Enda Kenny how crucial it will be for Irish farming that we retain our full national envelope of funding.” He welcomed the pledge from the Fine Gael leader to work closely with his EPP colleagues in the European Parliament in the coming months to ensure the Commission is fully aware of our position.
On Mercosur, the IFA President said any deal would be very damaging for Irish agriculture, and particularly the livestock sector. He urged Mr Kenny to seek political support from other countries across Europe for a revision of a trade policy that would have serious consequences if pursued any further.
Mr Bryan emphasised the importance of continuing Government support for farming, as it will provide the stimulus for growth in exports and jobs which will be a significant element in the country’s economic recovery.