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President Juncker participates in the informal meeting of the 27 EU Heads of State or Government, 23 February 2018

As part of the Leaders’ Agenda, today EU leaders, including President Juncker, will hold an informal discussion on institutional issues, including the composition of the European Parliament after the UK leaves the EU and the nomination of the President of the European Commission. Leaders will also discuss the future of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) after 2020. To prepare today’s discussions, last week the Commission published its contribution to the debate with proposals on ideas for a more efficient European Union and options for a new, modernised, long-term EU budget. On the latter, the Commission will table its formal proposal for the next long-term EU budget on 2 May. In the meantime, the Commission will continue listening to all stakeholders, including via the public consultations on the priorities of the EU that were launched in January 2018. President Juncker will participate in the press conference with President Tusk, currently scheduled for 18:00 CET. Follow live on EbS.

 


The European Commission will be in attendance at the Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris to celebrate French agriculture

The International Agricultural Show opens its doors in Paris tomorrow for a fortnight and the European Commission will be represented by several Commissioners who will make the trip as well as a booth that will welcome the many visitors to the show. This unmissable annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of French agriculture as the legislative proposals for a simpler and more modern common agricultural policy are being prepared. This year, three European Commissioners will come for a tour: Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture, will be there on 24-25 February, at the inauguration of the Salon; Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, 1 March; and Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Taxation and the Customs Union, on 2 March. During his two-day visit, Commissioner Hogan will meet with many representatives of the agricultural sector, and will also meet the French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Travert, on 24 February. Commissioner Andriukaitis will participate in a citizens’ dialogue on Thursday 1st March on the theme “Europe on my plate: eat better, throw less”. This dialogue will take place on the European Commission’s stand starting at 12 noon and will be broadcast live here. On Sunday 24 February, Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Commission, will also visit the Salon, accompanied by Commissioner Hogan. Commission teams will also be available throughout the event to explain to visitors the European actions in place to support and promote a more sustainable and healthy diet. European policies on agriculture, the environment, food safety and animal and plant health will be presented in an interactive and fun way. France remains the first beneficiary country of the Common Agricultural Policy. More information on the PAC in France is available online.

 

President Juncker participates in the informal meeting of the 27 EU Heads of State or Government, 23 February 2018

As part of the Leaders’ Agenda, today EU leaders, including President Juncker, will hold an informal discussion on institutional issues, including the composition of the European Parliament after the UK leaves the EU and the nomination of the President of the European Commission. Leaders will also discuss the future of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) after 2020. To prepare today’s discussions, last week the Commission published its contribution to the debate with proposals on ideas for a more efficient European Union and options for a new, modernised, long-term EU budget. On the latter, the Commission will table its formal proposal for the next long-term EU budget on 2 May. In the meantime, the Commission will continue listening to all stakeholders, including via the public consultations on the priorities of the EU that were launched in January 2018. President Juncker will participate in the press conference with President Tusk, currently scheduled for 18:00 CET. Follow live on EbS.

 

The European Commission will be in attendance at the Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris to celebrate French agriculture

The International Agricultural Show opens its doors in Paris tomorrow for a fortnight and the European Commission will be represented by several Commissioners who will make the trip as well as a booth that will welcome the many visitors to the show. This unmissable annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of French agriculture as the legislative proposals for a simpler and more modern common agricultural policy are being prepared. This year, three European Commissioners will come for a tour: Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture, will be there on 24-25 February, at the inauguration of the Salon; Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, 1 March; and Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Taxation and the Customs Union, on 2 March. During his two-day visit, Commissioner Hogan will meet with many representatives of the agricultural sector, and will also meet the French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Travert, on 24 February. Commissioner Andriukaitis will participate in a citizens’ dialogue on Thursday 1st March on the theme “Europe on my plate: eat better, throw less”. This dialogue will take place on the European Commission’s stand starting at 12 noon and will be broadcast live here. On Sunday 24 February, Michel Barnier, chief negotiator of the European Commission, will also visit the Salon, accompanied by Commissioner Hogan. Commission teams will also be available throughout the event to explain to visitors the European actions in place to support and promote a more sustainable and healthy diet. European policies on agriculture, the environment, food safety and animal and plant health will be presented in an interactive and fun way. France remains the first beneficiary country of the Common Agricultural Policy. More information on the PAC in France is available online.

 

Future of EU finances – Commissioner Oettinger visits Spain

Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of Budget and Human Resources, is visiting Spain on 26 February as part of his tour across EU Member States (#MFFtour27) aimed at gathering views on the future of EU finances and the EU’s multiannual budget post-2020 (#EUbudget). In Spain, the Commissioner will meet with Minister for Finance and Public Function, Mr Cristóbal Montoro, Secretary of State for the Budget, Mr Alberto Nadal Belda, and State Secretary for the European Union, Mr Jorge Toledo. The Commissioner appears before the Spanish Parliament Joint Committee for the EU, with the President, Ms Soraya Rodríguez Ramos and the spokespersons and other members of the Committee. He also participates in a working lunch with the Business Leaders Forum. The Commission kicked off this debate on 28 June 2017 with the publication of its Reflection paper on the future of EU finances, available in all EU languages (also in Spanish). Stakeholders’ views will be taken into account when preparing the next MFF, to be presented in May 2018. See a speech “A Budget Matching our Ambitions” given by Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger at the conference “Shaping our Future” on 8 January 2018.

 

EUROSTAT: January 2018 – Annual inflation down to 1.3% in the euro area – Down to 1.6% in the EU

Euro area annual inflation rate was 1.3% in January 2018, down from 1.4% in December 2017. In January 2017, the rate was 1.8%. European Union annual inflation was 1.6% in January 2018, down from 1.7% in December 2017. A year earlier the rate was 1.7%. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.   Full text available here

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Commission to host a roundtable on cryptocurrencies

On Monday 26 February, the Commission will host a roundtable on “Cryptocurrencies – Opportunities and Risks” in Brussels under the chairmanship of Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission Vice-President in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. Participants will exchange views on how the EU institutions, supervisors and Member States should respond to the challenges posed by fast technological developments, and seize the opportunities they offer. So-called cryptocurrencies (virtual currencies) and their underlying blockchain technology is affecting many sectors of the economy, including finance. In this context, the goal of the Commission is to ensure investor protection, market integrity and financial stability while taking full advantage of these new technological developments. The discussion will be organised around three themes: cryptocurrencies and their implications for financial markets, investor protection and market integrity in relation to cryptocurrencies as an emerging asset class, and the potential and challenges posed by initial coin offerings (ICOs). Participants will include EU institutions, EU countries, supervisors, central banks, industry, academics and crypto entrepreneurs. Vice-President Dombrovskis will brief the press on the outcome of the meeting in the Berlaymont VIP corner on Monday 26 February at 13:30 CET, and Europe by Satellite will transmit it live.

 

Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Gabriel heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress and discussions on 5G deployment

On Monday begins the yearly Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for the Digital Society and Economy Mariya Gabriel will both be attending the event at the beginning of the week. Vice-President Ansip will speak on Monday on the keynote panel discussion “The Future of the Industry: Transatlantic Digital Policy and Regulation” and participate in the Ministerial Programme for accelerating the uptake of next generation mobile network – 5G. Commissioner Gabriel will participate GSM Association’s (GSMA) Transatlantic Policy Dialogue. Both will hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the congress with telecoms industry representatives and pay a visit to several exhibitions showcasing the newest technologies and innovative products available. The discussions on the congress will focus mainly on two topics: the development of 5G markets and the accompanying legislation European Electronic Communications Code, and second, net neutrality and an open internet in Europe. Moreover, Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Gabriel will participate in a lunch discussion with a group of CEOs from the GSMA. Vice-President Ansip will also meet the Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai and Indian Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha. He will also welcome the new GSMA study on secure cross-border identification from mobile devices and visit the Graphene flagship stand that will exhibit prototypes and demonstrations of the use of graphene. Commissioner Gabriel will visit the 5G public-private partnership stand and will announce the launch of the “European 5G Observatory” and “European 5G Pioneer Award” Contest. On Tuesday afternoon, Vice-President Ansip will pay a visit to the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. More information on 5G deployment and planned reforms in spectrum management in two factsheets here and here. Further details on the recent initiative on building European supercomputers can be found here.

 

Le Commissaire Moscovici en Occitanie, France ce lundi et mardi

Pierre Moscovici, Commissaire pour les affaires économiques et financières, la fiscalité et les douanes, est en visite en Occitanie, France, lundi et mardi 26 et 27 février. La visite commencera par une réunion et une conférence de presse avec la Présidente de la région, Carole Delga. Ensuite, le Commissaire participera à la signature du lancement du projet de financement pour des PMEs géré par les Fonds européen d’investissement (FOSTER Occitanie). Il prendra part ensuite àun dialogue citoyensur “L’Occitanie et l’Europe” à 16h30 le lundi. Ce dialogue sera diffusé en direct sur Facebook. Enfin, le Commissaire participera à une table ronde avec les entreprises et représentants locaux sur le développement de l’économie occitane avec l’Europe. Pendant sa visite, le Commissaire visitera aussi trois projets fondés par les Fonds européen de développement régional: une opération de rénovation thermique à Colomiers, un groupe de projets locaux innovants à Labège, et ‘l’Ecole de la 2ème chance‘ à Montpellier.

 

EU Civil Protection Mechanism to gain satellite telecommunications system

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides met with Luxembourgish Ministers Daniel Kersch, responsible for Home Affairs, Civil Service and Administrative Reform and Romain Schneider, responsible for Social Security, Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and Sport, on the occasion of a new Luxembourgish contribution to strengthen the EU Civil Protection Mechanism: mobile, satellite-based telecommunications via the platform emergency.lu. This platform will establish internet and telephone communication directly in the aftermath of a crisis – if and when conventional tools of communication are temporarily out of order. Commissioner Stylianides said: “We welcome this contribution which is testimony to Luxembourg’s long-standing tradition of providing high added-value capacities for a better EU response to disasters in Europe and worldwide. The new telecommunication platform emergency.lu will establish internet and telephone communication as in the aftermath of hurricanes Matthew and Irma that destroyed communication infrastructure in the Caribbean.” Commissioner Stylianides also met with Jan Jambon, Belgian Minister of the Interior. Read the full press release here.

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23/02/2018

IFA President Joe Healy is chairman of today’s COPA Praesidium meeting of EU Farming Association Presidents in Brussels

 

 

 

22/02/2018

IFA told Commissioner Andriukaitis that accepting lower SPS standards or non enforced standards in a Mercosur agreement would affect Europe’s beef farmers most.

 

 

 

22/02/2018

Liam MacHale participating in discussion with Commissioner for Health & Food Safety, Vytenis  Andriukaitis at the COPA Praesidium today

 

 

 

19/02/2018

The IFA Dairy Team is in Brussels today to discuss dairy markets, milk price outlook, and what to do to reduce SMP stock without damaging the market.

 

 

 

16/02/2018

IFA’s Maura Canning and National Farm Family Chair Caroline Farrell with Sweden’s Lotta Folkesson, Chair of COPA Women’s Committee In Brussels today

 

 

 

12/02/2018

Liam MacHale discussed CAP and Brexit issues along with IBEC’s Doreen Burke with group of Cork Institute of Technology Business Students in Louvain yesterday

 

 

07/02/2018

IFA President Joe Healy met with Commissioner Phil Hogan today in Brussels and presented him with a copy of the IFA 2017 Annual Report

 

07/02/2018

Kevin Keary from Commissioner Hogan’s Cabinet outlining to the COPA-COGECA Food Chain Meeting, chaired by Joe Healy IFA President, the process and timing for EU Legislation on the Fair Food Chain

 

 

07/02/2018

Joe Healy chairing the COPA-COGECA Food Chain Meeting in Brussels this morning discussing what’s needed in EU legislation to curb unfair trading practices

 

 

05/02/2018

IFA National Grain Chairman Mark Browne reporting on the challenges of the Irish tillage sector to the working party on Cereals at COPA Working Party in Brussels today

 

 

31/01/2018

Angus Woods with Fiona Simson, President of Australian National Farmers’ Federation following roundtable discussions in Brussels today

 

 

31/01/2018

Angus Woods highlighting the joint threats of Brexit, CAP reform and  Mercosur in discussions with Australia’s National Farmers’ Federation in Brussels

 

 

31/01/2018

IFA’s Liam MacHale meeting with Béla Kocsy Director of the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture to discuss issues in the beef sector today

 

 

29/01/2018

Joe Healy highlighted risk to sensitive European beef sector in any Mercosur deal at meeting with Rumen Porozhanov Agriculture Council President in Brussels today

 

 

29/01/2018

IFA President Joe Healy and Livestock Chair Angus Woods  in Brussels on way to defend Irish agriculture in a meeting with Sandra Gallina, DG Trade, Chief EU Negotiator on Mercosur

 

29/01/2018

Joe Healy being interviewed by European TV outside of the EU Council on Mercosur

 

27/01/2018

IFA President Joe Healy met with Minister Doyle on Sunday evening to discuss upcoming Mercosur negotiations in Brussels

 

 

23/01/2018

IFA’s Thomas Ryan and Shane Cogan presenting IFA guide on Smart farming to DG Clima / DG Environment and JRC in Brussels

 

17/01/2018

IFA CAP team meeting with Tassos Haniotis, Director of Economic Analysis DG Agri to discuss CAP issues this morning

 

11/01/2018

Elaine Farrell participated in Brexit Phase 2 discussions at the COPA Brexit task force meeting today in Brussels

 

11/01/2018

Liam MacHale with Macra na Feirme President James Healy attending European Young Farmer’s Association CEJA meeting in Brussels.

 

11/01/2018

Richie Flynn meeting Chairman Carlos Iturgaiz  at the Sustainable Agriculture hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels

03/01/2018

IFA and representatives from Ireland, Finland, UK, France and Austria on route for DG Trade hearing on Anti dumping measures on Ammonium Nitrate from Russia

 

19/12/2017

IFA’s Angus Woods is a participant in the Commission’s Agriculture Outlook Conference today in Brussels

 

19/12/2017

IFA’s Angus Woods held discussions with the German, French and Polish organisation Re Mercosur Beef negotiations

 

18/12/2017

Angus Woods is participating in the EU Agriculture Outlook Conference in Brussels

15/12/2017

IFA President says ‘no inrease in Beef TRQ for Mercosur countries in any potential deal’ to Commission Vice President Katainen

15/12/2017

Joe Healy met Vice President, Commissioner Katainen to discuss Mercosur and defend EU beef sector along with Interbev, French and Polish farm organisations

 

15/12/2017

Joe Healy with Dr Tom Kelly from Teagasc and researchers from other EU Member States looking at progressing the Digital Age for farmers in Brussels today

12/12/2017

IFA President Joe Healy, Angus Woods, and Pekka Pesonan COPA  Secretary General  met  with Mr Raul Roccataglia, Sociedad Rural Argentina, to discuss the EU-MERCOSUR situation

12/12/2017

Joe Healy and Angus Woods meeting with EU Trade Commissioner Ceclia Malmström and head of her Cabinet, Maria Asenius to state Ireland’s opposition to the inclusion of beef in the Mercosur deal  in Buenos Aires

12/12/2017

Mercosur team at WTO Minsiterial Conference in Buenos Aires  defending EU agriculture and especially EU Beef. Following all the debates closely and meeting high level representatives.

12/12/2017

With Kevin Keary, Cabinet of Commissioner Hogan; Ministers Pat Breen and Andrew Doyle; and Dermot Fitzpatrick, Irish Ambassador to Argentina at the WTO Ministerial Conference

11/12/2017

IFA’s Joe Brady met with Mr. Sven-Erik Bucht Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs in Brussels today

11/12/2017

IFA President Joe Healy explaining importance of acceptable Mercosur Trade negotiations for Irish and EU farmers to Commissioner Maalstrom in Buenos Aires

11/12/2017

Good exchange of views in Buenos Aires with Commissioner Phil Hogan on WTO and importance of No Sell Out of EU beef on Mercosur trade deal

11/12/2017

IFA met with Commissioner Phil Hogan in Buenos Aires during the WTO Ministerial Conference

11/12/2017

Discussing the Mercosur trade negotiations with Mairead McGuinness, MEP at  the WTO Ministerial in Buenos Aires

11/12/2017

Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady is in Brussels at the COPA/COGECA Rural Development meeting, representing Irish farmers in discussions on the new CAP and future support for farming

10/12/2017

Security is tight at the WTO Ministerial in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  IFA President Joe Healy and Livestock Chair Angus Woods there to protect Irish farmers’ interests

06/12/2017

IFA’s Bert Stewart and Tomas Bourke also met with Matt Carthy, MEP, in the European Parliament to discuss the Veterinary Medicines Regulation.  More information here

06/12/2017

IFA’s Bert Stewart and Tomas Bourke met with Sean Kelly, MEP, in the European Parliament today to discuss the Veterinary Medicines Regulation

06/12/2017

Bert Stewart and Tomas Bourke in the European Parliament today discussing the Veterinary Medicines Regulation with Team from office of Mairead McGuinness, MEP

 

 

 

 

06/12/2017

 

IFA’s Animal Health team Tomas Bourke and Chairman Bert Stewart met with Deirdre Clune MEP regarding Veterinary Medicines Regulation in the European Parliament in Brussels

 

 

 

04/12/2017

 

IFA’s Forestry Chair Pat Collins and Geraldine O’Sullivan presented IFA’s Forestry Policy to Shane Sutherland, Cabinet Hogan, and Tamas Szedlak DG Agriculture

 

 

 

04/12/2017

 

IFA’s Forestry Chairman Pat Collins and Geraldine O’Sullivan on their way to present IFA’s Forestry Plan to the European Commission in Brussels

 

 

 

04/12/2017

 

IFA’s Forestry Chairman Pat Collins discussing Ireland’s Forestry Plan in a meeting of the COPA Forestry Group in Brussels

 

 

04/12/2017

 

Liam Machale met with the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint  Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Kenny, Michelle Mulherin, Pat Deering, Charlie McConalogue and Jackie Cahill, in Brussels today

 

 

 

30/11/2017

 

IFA delegation led by Joe Healy at the COPA-COGECA meeting being addressed by Michel Barnier

 

 

 

30/11/2017

 

IFA’s Joe Healy, Damian McDonald, Angus Woods, Kevin Kinsella and Liam MacHale at very important meeting in Brussels this morning with Sandra Gallina EU Chief Negotiator for the EU on the Mercosur Trade talks.

 

 

29/11/2017

 

IFA team meet  Phil Hogan and Mairead McGuinness, MEP, in the European Parliament after the discussion on Commissioner Hogan’s CAP Communication

 

 

29/11/2017

 

IFA President Joe Healy leads  IFA delegation at Commissioner Phil Hogan’s  CAP Communication launch to the European Parliament Agriculture Committee

 

 

29/11/2017

 

Joe Healy and Angus Woods meeting with Mairead McGuinness and a group from Base Ireland in the European Parliament  in Brussels

 

 

22/11/2017

 

Liam MacHale with Deirdre Clune MEP, Fine Gael Councillors Mary Howard and James Moore discussing agricultural issues today in the European Parliament

 

 

20/11/2017

IFA’s John Lynskey discussing revision of TRQs for sheepmeat in EU following Brexit at COPA Working Party on sheep in Brussels

 

20/11/2017

North Cork IFA meeting Sean Kelly & Liam McHale in Brussels

 

20/11/2017

IFA’s John Coughlan, along with  IFA North Cork, met  with Sean Kelly, MEP, and Mairead McGuinness, MEP, at the European Parliament Brussels 

17/11/2017

Meeting with Commissioner Phil Hogan at  event on Digitising Agriculture and Food Value Chains which took place in Brussels

16/11/2017

Meeting with Commissioner Carlos Moedas at an event to promote Bioeconomy potential in Brussels

14/11/2017

IFA’s Ethan Cleary attending the Horizon 2020 Info Week in Brussels

09/11/2017

IFA Joe Healy attending meeting of the COPA Presidency in Brussels today

09/11/2017

Joe Healy IFA President meets with group of farmers from Cork in the European Parliament

09/11/2017

Joe Healy on the way to a meeting with Commissioner Hogan’s Cabinet on UTPs and Food Chain

09/11/2017

Joe Healy and Liam MacHale with John Wilson Fonterra Chairman following a meeting in Brussels today

08/11/2017

IFA President Joe Healy with EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly at a discussion on the drive for increased transparency among EU Institutions in Brussels

08/11/2017

James Murphy meeting with COPA Representatives in Brussels to discuss Bioeconomy projects in Ireland

07/11/2017

IFA Beef Chairman, Angus Woods, highlighting lack of adequate controls in Brazilian Beef Secto to DG SANTE at Jim Nicholson’s event in the European Parliament

07/11/2017

Kevin Kinsella arguing for a stop to the Mercosur agreement with IFJ’s Justin McCarthy and Jim Nicholson MEP in the European Parliament

07/11/2017

IFA’s James Murphy at the Equine Conference in the European Parliament in Brussels

06/11/2017

IFA at the launch of campaign in Brussels

26/10/2017

IFA’s Elaine Farrell with Commission Brexit Task Force Team members Bence Tóth and Jos Hupperetz following COPA meeting in Brussels

20/10/2017

IFA’s Maura Canning with the new Chair of the  COPA Women’s Committee Mrs. Lotta Folkesson from the Swedish Farmers Federation

20/10/2017

IFA’s Maura Canning participating in the COPA Women’s Committee working party today in Brussels

19/10/2017

IFA with Tom Tynan Cabinet Commissioner Hogan and Michael Mackenzie DG Agri following meeting on CAP and dairy issues

19/10/2017

IFA Dairy Group met with Tom Tynan, Cabinet Hogan, to discuss Dairy Sector, Directo fo CAP post 2020and Potential Brexit Impact

19/10/2017

IFA President Joe Healy with Eimear O’Donnell, Bord Bia in Brussels

19/10/2017

Presentation by Eimear O’Donnell, Bord Bia, on Origin Green/SDAS and Brexit to the IFA Dairy Group in Brussels today

18/10/2017

IFA Dairy Group visiting the  dairy farm of Joris and Lien Van Den Tynde-De Kinder in Assee just outside Brussels (130 cows and 2 robots)

17/10/2017

IFA met with Commission DG Agri Head of Unit Sophie Helaine to discuss EU and Global Dairy Sector

17/10/2017

IFA Dairy Group lead by Sean O’Leary discussing Dairy Policy, CAP and Brexit with Mairead McGuinness, MEP

17/10/2017

IFA Dairy Group discussed Dairy Policy, CAP and Brexit with Matt Carthy, MEP

17/10/2017

IFA Dairy Group lead by Sean O’Leary at the European Parliament today in Brussels to meet with MEPs

12/10/2017

Liam MacHale with AranLIFE’s Patrick McGurn and Prof. Patrick Wall of UCD at Animal Health Europe’s ‘One Health’ Conference today in Brussels

04 October

Liam MacHale meeting with the the EU delegation to the US in Washington DC today

 

 

 

04 October

Liam MacHale with Norm Hall, Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Warren, Peston US Deptement of Agriculture, discussing Agri-Tax Policy in Washington DC

 

 

 

03 October

IFA President Joe Healy and Liam MacHale met with H.E. Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Irish Embassy, Washington

 

 

 

03 October

IFA President Joe Healy at the Irish Embassy in Washington with Dale Crammond Agriculture Counsellor

 

 

 

03 October

IFA President Joe Healy and Liam MacHale meeting with Charles Parrot, Agriculture Services Executive  USDA in Washington today

 

 

 

03 October

IFA President Joe Healy and Liam MacHale discussing Mercosur with Joachim Rukwied (DBV, Germany) and Henri Brichart (FNSEA, France) in Washington DC

 

 

 

03 October

 

Liam MacHale IFA Brussels Director moderating a session at the 38th North American and European Union Agricultural Conferene in Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IFA President Joe Healy attending the 38th North American and European Union Agricultural Conferene in Washington DC

 

 

 

29 SEPTEMBER

IFA President Joe Healy in Brussels today chairing the COPA/COGECA Food Chain Working Party

 

 

 

26 SEPTEMBER

Liam MacHale with WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva

 

 

 

26 SEPTEMBER

Liam MacHale attending the WTO Public Forum “Trade: Behind the Headline” in Geneva today

 

 

 

25 SEPTEMBER

Liam MacHale with Professor Thia Hennessy, UCC, and Joshua Anderson, Meat &  Livestock Australia, at Global Agriculture Policy workshop in the European Parliament

 

 

 

22 SEPTEMBER

WFO President Theo de Jager with IFA President Joe Healy after the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) European Constituency meeting in Brussels

 

 

 

22 SEPTEMBER

 

JOE HEALY ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN FARMERS’ ASSOCIATION, COPA

 

IFA President Joe Healy was elected Vice President of the European Farm Organisation, COPA, this morning in Brussels.  Joe Healy was elected as one of six Vice Presidents to serve with new COPA President Joachim Rukwied from the German Farmers’ Association. He topped the poll among the 7 candidates.  Speaking following his election, Joe Healy said he had sought the position to ensure a strong voice for Irish farmers at a time when a number of very important issues are live at European level. More information here

 

 

21 SEPTEMBER

 

After a post dash to the airport Joe Healy and Damian McDonald have arrived in Brussels ahead of tomorrow’s COPA meeting

 

 

22 SEPTEMBER

 

Liam MacHale met with Mr. Jean-Pierre Fleury of the French Beef Association to discuss the current Mercosur negotiations and the threat to the EU beef sector in Brussels

 

 

20 SEPTEMBER

 

IFA Brussels Director Liam MacHale speaking to Sean Kelly, MEP, at the Ploughing Championships

18 SEPTEMBER

 

Gerry Gunning attending the COPA Working Group meeting on Rural Development today in Brussels including discussions on simplification and advisory services

IFA Brussels

 

15 SEPTEMBER

 

Thomas Ryan IFA discussing environmental issues with DG Agri at “Greening in a Future CAP” event in Brussels

IFA Brussels

 

14 SEPTEMBER

 

IFA President Joe Healy being interviewed in Brussels on Mercosur and Brexit

IFA Brussels

 

14 SEPTEMBER

 

Intense meeting in Brussels between IFA, Miguel CEBALLON BARON, Deputy Head of Cabina Cecilia Malmström and Sandra GALLINA, DG Trade.  Beef must not be sacrificed in Mercusor deal

 

 

14 SEPTEMBER

 

IFA President Joe Healy, Livestock Chairman Angus Woods and Livestock Director Kevin Kinsella on the way to meeting with members of Cecilia Malmström Cabinet on Mercosur in Brussels

IFA Brussels

 

11 SEPTEMBER

 

Liam MacHale attending the COPA Working Party on Pigmeat today in Brussels where CAP policy for the pigmeat sector was discussed

 

11 SEPTEMBER

 

Liam MacHale with Mark Calon President of the Dutch Farmers Association (LTO) at CAP policy discussions with the European Commission in Brussels

 

06 SEPTEMBER

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Liam MacHale with Juan Angel Delgadillo, Chief Mecosur negotiator for Paraguay,  following update on EU-Mercosur talks

06 SEPTEMBER

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Liam MacHale at the European Commission DG Trade civil society debrief on the status of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations

05 SEPTEMBER

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Liam MacHale addressed a Fine Gael delegation on Brexit

05 SEPTEMBER

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IFA met the Fine Gael  Brexit delegation led by Martin Heydon TD and Sean Kelly MEP to discuss the impact of Brexit on Irish industry and agriculture

19 JULY

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Liam MacHale attending meeting on Impact of Brexit on Citizens’ Rights at Economic & Social Committee in Brussels

18 JULY

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Liam MacHale attending today’s DG Trade Briefing on EU-Japan Economic Agreement

10 JULY

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Sean O’Leary, IFA Dairy Committee Chairman, highlights added market demands on dairy farmers today and the role of future price contracts at meeting of the COPA Dairy Working Party in Brussels

07 JULY

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IFA Presedent Joe Healy and IFA Director General Damian McDonald attend the CAP Conference in Brussels

07 JULY

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IFA President Joe Healy met with Martin Merrild President of COPA ahead of the CAP Conference in Brussels today

05 JULY

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Richie Flynn presenting on the Aquaculture Advisory Council to the COPA Working party on Fish in Brussels this morning

04 JULY

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Liam Machale with Mercosur lead negotiators from EU, Brazil and Argentina

04 JULY

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DG Trade meeting re update on EU-Mercosur trade negotiations is packed as negotiators from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay & Uruguay share their views.

03 JULY

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Liam Dunne Chairman of the IFA Grain Committee representing the Irish Cereals Sector at discussions in Brussels today at the COPA Working Group

29 JUNE

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Commissioner Hogan seen here with Liam MacHale, Director, IFA Brussels, samples Irish food at launch of the COPA Farm Recipes book in Brussels

29 JUNE

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Liam Machale attended launch by Phil Hogan of EU Farm Recipes book in COPA today

 

27 JUNE

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President Joe Healy met with the team of Mr. Guy Verhofstadt MEP, responsible for Brexit within the European Pariliament

 

27 JUNE

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IFA met with the following Irish MEPs for a Briefing on Brexit

Sean Kelly, MEP

Mairead McGuinnes,s MEP

Matt Carthy, MEP

Brian Hayes, MEP

Luke, Ming, Flanagan, MEP

Marian Harkin, MEP

 

 

 

27 JUNE

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IFA met with the European Commission Brexit Task Force 50 Team, DG Agri, DG Sante, to discuss latest Brexit developments

 

 

 

22 JUNE

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Catherine Lascurettes and Sean O’Leary IFA Dairy Chairman at today’s CAP Post 2020 Workshop on Managing Market Challenges at COPA in Brussels

 

 

 

22 JUNE

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Liam MacHale chaired discussion on Producer Organisations with Philippe Appletans, Belgian Horticulture COOPs, Bruno Buffaria EU Commission & Elisabeth Lacoste, European Beetgrowers Association

 

 

 

21 JUNE

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Liam MacHale at Mercosur Trade Event in the European Parliament with MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Sofia Ribeiro, Portugal

 

 

 

20 JUNE

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IFA President Joe Healy will today address the European Parliament Agriculture Committee on Unfair Trading Practices & competition, Fair Food Chain and UTPs

 

 

 

19 JUNE

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Liam MacHale, Director IFA Brussels Office, met with Dejan Židan Minister for Agriculture Slovenia following the European Parliament debate on unfair trading practices in Brussels

 

 

 

16 JUNE

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IFA President Joe Healy discusses Brexit and the CAP with Christiane Lambert, FNSEA President (French Farmers Organsation)

 

 

 

15 JUNE

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Joe Healy IFA President with EU Budget Commissioner Gûnther Oettinger and Martin Merrild COPA President in Brussels

 

 

 

15 JUNE

 

IFA President Joe Healy with  Katja Friedrichsen and Marie Rehbinder from DG GROW following meeting today in Brussels on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Chain

 

 

 

15 JUNE

Joe Healy attending the COPA Praesidium in Brussels for an address by Commissioner for Budget Günther Oettinger

 

 

 

13 JUNE

 

Thomas Cooney Chairman of the IFA Environment Committee and Thomas Ryan IFA Environment Executive met with Mairead McGuinness in advance of the European Parliament vote on Climate Change

 

 

 

 

09 JUNE

 

Maura Canning  discussing The Future of Cap, Social protection coverage for assisting spouses and Equal opportunities for women at  the COPA Women’s Committee meeting in Brussels

 

 

 

 

08 JUNE

 

IFA’s Environment Committee Chairman Thomas Cooney and Thomas Ryan met with Simon Kay from the European Commission’s DG Climate in Brussels to discuss Ireland’s emission targets

 

 

 

 

02 JUNE

Brigid Fitzgerald IFA’s Press and Digital Media Officer attend the COPA-COGECA Communications Seminar in Brussels

 

 

 

 

 

02 JUNE

Really interesting insights from Chris Jones DG and Daniela Lenzu  EU Council Press Service at the COPA-COGECA Communications Seminar

 

 

01 JUNE

Liam MacHale attending the European Commission Workshop on climate smart land-use policy in Agriculture and Forestry

 

 

 

31 MAY

Angus Woods in discussion with DG AGRI M. Del Pozo Ramos before he chairs the EU Animal Products Civil Dialogue Group meeting in Brussels

 

 

 

 

30 MAY

IFA’s Liam MacHale meeting with Tim Breitmeyer CLA & Richard Ashworth MEP in Brussels

 

 

 

 

29 MAY

John Lynskey and Angus Woods attending the COPA Working Group on Sheep in Brussels

 

 

 

 

24 MAY

Environment Committee Chairman Thomas Cooney and Thomas Ryan met with DG Environment on Nitrates Review and other issues in Brussels today.

 

 

 

 

11 MAY

Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady discusses ANC payments with EU Commission officials Tarja Tiainen-Balsby & Josefine Loriz-Hoffmann in Brussels

 

 

 

 

10 MAY

IFA’s John Coughlan led delegation of 6 EU Farming Associations to discuss fertiliser issues with Estonian Government Representatives in Brussels

 

 

 

 

03 MAY

Joe Healy speaking at a EuroCommerce Event in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Read here what he had to say about unfair trading practices

 

 

 

03 MAY

James Murphy before his address to the European Horse Network  Event in the European Parliament in Brussels

 

 

29 April

IFA President Joe Healy outlining IFA Brexit priorities to Heads of State before the Special European Council in Brussels.

More information here

 

27 April

IFA President Joe Healy is outlining IFA Brexit priorities to EU Farm Association Presidents in Brussels

 

13 April

The IFA delegation who met with Michel Barnier included President Joe Healy; Director General, Damian McDonald; Director of European Affairs, Liam McHale; Chief Economist, Rowena Dwyer; and, IFA Brexit Co-ordinator, Elaine Farrell.

Speaking following the meeting, Joe Healy said the engagement had been very constructive, “It is clear that Mr. Barnier and his team have a very good understanding of Irish agriculture and the very real threats posed by Brexit,” he said. Read Statement in Full here

10 April

IFA President Joe Healy chaired the COPA/COGECA Food Chain Working Group today in Brussels discussing consolidation in the food chain

07 April

IFA with Pekka Pesonen, COPA General Secretary, and Dr. William Rolleston, President of the World Farmers Organisation, at todays WFO Workshop on the Value chain in Brussels

06 April

IFA’s Ethan Cleary in Brussels today discussing innovative technology for the Cereals Sector with Max Schulman Chairman of the COPA/COGEGA Cereals Committee

06 April

IFA’s Ethan Cleary attended the COPA Task Force on Agriculture Technology today in Brussels

06 April

IFA’s Rowena Dwyer presenting the IFA Policy on Brexit at a COPA meeting of Farming Associations in Brussels

06 April

IFA’s Rowena Dwyer is contributing to the COPA Post 2020 CAP Position document at meeting of Farming Associations in Brussels

05 April

Angus Woods  IFA Chairman of the EU Beef Civil Dialogue Group and Kevin Kinsella  IFA Livestock Director met with  Joaquim Ordeig Vila and Kai-Uwe Sprenger, DG Agriculture, in Brussels to discuss issues regarding the EU beef situation.

05 April

IFA’s Angus Woods and Kevin Kinsella attending meeting with Commission on beef trade issues at COPA Beef Working Group in Brussels

27 March

IFA Committee Chairman Thomas Hogan and Robert Malone attended the COPA/COGECA Working Party on Pigmeat in Brussels. They are pictured here with Antonio Tavares who was re-elected Chair of the COPA/COGECA Working Party on Pigmeat.

23 March

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has met with Irish MEPs, senior officials in the EU Commission in DG Sante, DG Agriculture, Commissioner Hogan’s cabinet and COPA, to reiterate the IFA call for a ban on Brazilian meat imports. More information here

 

 

23 March

IFA called for Commissioner Andriukaiti to attend a debate on the Brazilian meat scandal IFA when they met Jim Nicholson, MEP, and Mairead McGuinness, MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels

 

 

 

23 March

IFA met with Sean Kelly, MEP, and Marian Harkin, MEP,  in Brussels  to seek full backing to ban imports of Brazilian meat. Read what IFA have to say here

 

 

 

21 March

“We should suspend all meat imports from Brazil”: statement by Jean Pierre Fleury, Chairman COPA Working Party on Beef  in the European Parliament

 

21 March

Meeting with Ms. C. Mc Camphill from the European Commission-DG Environment regarding challenges for water sustainability in agriculture at an Event in the European Parliament

 

10 March

IFA Livestock Director Kevin Kinsella at a meeting of the EU Commission Civil Dialogue Group on International Aspects of Agriculture in Brussels.  IFA raised specific issues on beef and the EU/Mercosur negotiations regarding standards and damage to the EU beef sector.

 

09 March

Kevin Kinsella met the Finnish Farming Association President and executives in Brussels to discuss  CAP post2020 issues

 

07 March

Big agenda for IFA Dairy Team Catherine Lascurettes and Liam Dunne at the COPA Dairy meeting in Brussels: markets, milk package, EU prod red scheme, Brexit and CAP Reform.

 

07 March

Liam MacHale briefed a Fianna Fáil delegation on the priorities for Irish Agriculture in Brexit negotiations

 

07 March

Liam McHale engages in lively debate on Brexit with a delegation of young farmers in the European Parliament hosted by Matt Carthy, MEP

 

06 March

Liam Dunne discussing CAP post-2020 at the COPA Cereals Working Party in Brussels

 

28 February

IFA’s Maura Canning attending the COPA  Women’s Committee meeting in Brussels to discuss pensions, social protection and the role of women in rural areas

 

23 February

IFA’s James Murphy was elected Chairman of the COPA Working Group on Horses taking over from Pascal Bioulac, France

 

16 February

Joe Brady and Gerry Gunning and Liam MacHale met with French counterparts FNSEA in Paris this morning to discuss ANC mapping and payment criteria

 

14 February

Joe Brady and Gerry Gunning discussing issues on Ireland’s rural development programmes including delayed payments at COPA  meeting on Rural Development in Brussels

 

 

 

09 February

IFA attending CAP Post 2020 discussion in Brussels, including Professor Alan Matthews, Tassos Haniotis, European Commission DG Agri and Jan Huitema MEP

 

 

 

08 February

IFA Environment Chair Thomas Cooney in the European Parliament Brussels for an important debate on EU climate and energy package

 

 

 

07 February

 

IFA met with a delegation from the Joint Committee on EU Affairs from the Houses of the Oireachtas  in Brussels to discuss Trade, Economics and Brexit

 

 

 

07 February

 

IFA attended a Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Event hosted by Luke Ming Flanagan, MEP, in the European Parliament Brussels

 

 

 

 

31 January

 

IFA attended a Commission Event on the  Promotion of Agricultural Products and queried them on Market Disturbance support as a result of Brexit

 

 

 

 

26 January

 

IFA’s President Joe Healy chairing the COPA/COGECA Food Chain Committee meeting  in Brussels with discussions on UTPs and Best Practices for strengthening farmers position in the Food Supply Chain

 

 

 

 

26 January

IFA’s President Joe Healy chaired high level event with European Commission on addressing issues in the Food Chain

 

 

 

 

 

25 January

 

IFA’s President Joe Healy met with  Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels to discuss ANCs, CAP, Food Chain, Fertiliser Trade and Brexit

 

 

 

 

20 January

 

IFA’s Liam MacHale with Commissioner Phil Hogan at the EU Commission Event on Declaration on Rural Development in Berlin

 

 

 

 

20 January

 

Liam MacHale attended UECBV/ Copa-Cogeca Seminar on “Healthy EU Pigs to Open New Market Opportunities” in Berlin which was addressed by Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

 

 

 

 

13 January

IFA and CMP discussed Impact of Brexit on Irish mushroom sector at the GEPC meeting with the European Commission in Brussels

 

 

 

12 January

IFA attended the COPA Task Force meeting on Fertilisers today in Brussels

 

 

 

10 January

IFA attended a discussion on Future CAP in the European Parliament with Professor Alan Matthews, Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Janez Potocnik (RISE Foundation)

 

 

 

10 January

Liam MacHale met with Sean Kelly, MEP, on Carbon emissions targets and climate change policy

 

 

 

09 January

IFA President meets Mairead Mc Guinness, MEP, Meurig Raymond, NFU President, and Commissioner Phil Hogan at the European Parliament Hearing on “Conclusions of the Agricultural Markets Task Force – AMTF” in Brussels.

On Friday 23 February, the 27 EU Heads of State or Government will meet in Brussels from 11.00 hours for an informal summit. The meeting takes place under the Leaders’ Agenda and as the issues debated will only come into effect after Brexit, the meeting will be held in an EU27 format (without the UK).  It will start at 12.00 with an exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.  The heads of state or government will start by discussing institutional issues with a view to the next institutional cycle beginning with the European Parliament elections in 2019. The focus will be on high-level appointments, including the so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten/-kandidatinnen’, and the European Parliament’s composition after the 2019 elections.  The leaders will also debate the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) after 2020, i.e. the EU’s long term budget. In particular, they are expected to address the overall level of expenditure in the next MFF, what the political priorities should be and what timeline could be foreseen for the negotiations.

As the meeting is informal and held under the Leaders’ Agenda there will be no written conclusions. A final press conference will be held by Presidents Tusk and Juncker around 18.00. National press briefings are expected to take place around the same time.

Information

About the Leaders’ Agenda

The Leaders Agenda provides an overview of the main issues that the President of the European Council intends to put on the agenda of the Leaders between now and June 2019.

Some issues will be discussed in formal European Council meetings, while others will be addressed in an informal format, at 27 or 28, depending on the substance.

The agenda includes ongoing work strands, as well as issues that require discussions aimed at resolving deadlocks or finding solutions to key political dossiers.

Agenda highlights

EU leaders will meet informally in Brussels to discuss institutional issues, including:

  • the European Parliament’s composition after the 2019 elections and possible transnational lists
  • how the EU appoints top positions, including the so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten’

The heads of state or government will also debate on the political priorities of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) after 2020, i.e. the EU’s long term budget.

The meeting takes place under the Leader’s Agenda. As the discussions are future-oriented, the meeting will be held in an EU27 format.

About the Leaders’ Agenda

The Leaders Agenda provides an overview of the main issues that the President of the European Council intends to put on the agenda of the Leaders between now and June 2019.

Some issues will be discussed in formal European Council meetings, while others will be addressed in an informal format, at 27 or 28, depending on the substance.

The agenda includes ongoing work strands, as well as issues that require discussions aimed at resolving deadlocks or finding solutions to key political dossiers.

Ahead of the Informal Leaders’ meeting on 23 February 2018, the European Commission presented various options – and their financial consequences – for a new and modern, long-term EU budget that delivers efficiently on its priorities after 2020.

Communication and factsheets
Press release

General Affairs Council (Article 50)

Preparatory documents

Agenda highlights

The Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier will inform the Council about the state of play in the Brexit negotiations with the UK.

He is expected to focus in particular on the following issues:

  • translation into legal text of the commitments in the December joint report
  • completion of the work on other withdrawal issues
  • discussions on the transition period

Ministers will also begin preparations for the March European Council (Article 50) by looking at the annotated draft agenda. At that summit the 27 EU heads of state or government are expected to adopt additional guidelines on the framework for the future relationship with the UK.


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