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15 July 2019

  • 10:10 Public session
  • 14:55 Public session
  • 20:00 Press conference

Estimated schedule

Finland’s presidency

The Council will be informed about the priorities and work programme of Finland’s presidency in the field of agriculture and fisheries.

Infographic – The future of EU agricultural policy

Future of the CAP post 2020

Ministers will exchange views on the environmental and climate-related aspects of the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy reform package.

Sugar sector

The Council will be updated on the work of the high level group on sugar created by the Commission to carry out a thorough evaluation of the sugar sector at EU and national level.

Any other business

Ministers will be informed about a variety of issues:

  • the state of play of African swine fever
  • animal welfare during transport
  • plant protection products and pest management
  • the EU-Mercosur trade agreement
  • the outcome of the third EU-African Union agriculture ministerial conference
  • the BIOEAST initiative
  • the difficult situation in the rice sector

Provisional agenda

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed today’s Dail vote rejecting the EU Commission Mercosur deal.  He said the Dail vote sends a very strong message to the Taoiseach and the Government that Ireland must reject this deal.

IFA is also intensifying its campaign in Europe to reject the deal.

IFA President Joe Healy, Livestock Chair Angus Woods and Poultry Chair Andrew Boylan met with representatives of the French, Belgium and Polish farmers’ organisations in Brussels yesterday as part of a campaign to build a European alliance against the Mercosur deal. Joe Healy said IFA in conjunction with the other EU farm organisations have put forward proposals on an EU action plan against the Mercosur deal. The IFA delegation also met with the newly re-elected first vice-President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness.

Next week, IFA will meet with all of Ireland’s newly elected MEPs in Strasbourg.

“This deal will require the approval of the European Parliament. We believe that resistance to this sell-out deal is growing across Europe” he said. The leaders of COPA, the European farm umbrella body, of which Joe Healy is vice-President, will also meet next week to discuss the deal.

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said, “European beef farmers consider Mercosur was a sell-out deal for the sector”.

IFA National Poultry Chairman Andy Boylan said, “This deal undermines European quality assurance and promotes double standards”.

Vice-President Katainen in Helsinki to attend informal Environment Council and the Finnish Government’s EU Affairs Ministerial Committee

Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will be in Helsinki, Finland on 11 and 12 July. Today, the Vice-President will meet Ms Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs of Finland, to discuss the Finnish Presidency of the Council, the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Rule of Law, in addition to other topical EU issues. He will also meet Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister of Finance of Finland, to discuss topical economic and financial issues. On Friday 12 July, Vice-President Katainen will attend the Finnish Government’s Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs. He will also participate in the Working Session on Circular Economy of the informal meeting of the Environment Ministers. Finally, he will visit Fortum Corporation to discuss the Circular Economy. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

Read the European Commission – Daily News in full here

Following an IFA lobby day of TDs & Senators on the sell-out EU Mercosur trade deal, and last night’s debate in the Dáil, IFA President Joe Healy said Fianna Fail has confirmed that they will vote against the Government on a Sinn Fein motion re the Mercosur deal due to be voted on tomorrow.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the re-appointment of Phil Hogan as Ireland’s EU Commissioner is an opportunity for Ireland to secure a portfolio that allows Ireland to have the maximum influence on EU policy.

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