02 Oct 2012
THREAT TO CAP BUDGET MUST BE RESISTED BY IRISH GOVERNMENT– IFAUncategorized
Speaking from the European Farmers Congress in Budapest, IFA President John Bryan highlighted the need for the Heads of Government to take into account the success of the CAP as a common EU policy, future food security and the need for growth and jobs in deciding on a fully-funded Budget for the Single Farm Payment and Rural Development measures in the next CAP.
The meeting was addressed by Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos and Paolo de Castro, Chair of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee.
The IFA President said the threat of cuts to the CAP budget is very real and decisions will be taken, most likely, at a Heads of Government meeting before Christmas. “Irish farmers will be sending the clearest message at next Tuesday’s Day of Action that our Taoiseach Enda Kenny must fight to secure a fully-funded CAP Budget for Ireland.”
He said, “Commissioner Ciolos is maintaining his intransigence and inflexibility. He still is offering regionalisation as a solution to the flattening of payments, which is not a solution that will work for Ireland. The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must intensify his negotiations with the Commissioner ahead of our EU Presidency next year and deliver a positive and flexible outcome”.
John Bryan said Commissioner Ciolos has rejected outright a menu option for greening, sticking to his three main measures and is suggesting an option of equivalence. He re-iterated his determination to have an ecological area of 7%, but acceded that hedgerows and other unproductive areas could be used to make up the 7%, which would be very important for Ireland.
Mr Bryan welcomed the commitment from Paolo de Castro and the European Parliament to retaining full Budget post-2013. John Bryan said, “The CAP negotiations are heading into the most critical stage and Irish farmers are going to put up a determined fight to secure a Single Farm Payment system that underpins production and supports active farmers, and a fully-funded Rural Development programme to protect vulnerable sectors and regions”.