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Main Results General Affairs Council (Art. 50), 25/09/2017

The Council, in an EU 27 format, took stock of progress in the Brexit negotiations, with the fourth round of talks with the UK being launched the same day  (see agenda here). The Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier updated the Council on developments, and the EU27 ministers had an opportunity to exchange views on the ongoing talks.

“The mandate we adopted four months ago remains fully valid, and ministers have again shown their full support for the EU negotiator. The EU 27 remain united and we have a single channel of negotiations. Following Prime Minister May’s constructive speech we hope the round which starts today will be productive, since time is of the essence.”

Matti Maasikas, Deputy Minister for European Affairs of Estonia and chair of the Council meeting

Ministers also began preparations for the European Council (Article 50) of October 2017 by examining an annotated draft agenda for the summit.

Outcome documents

MAIN NEWS

Moving forward on the European Pillar of Social Rights: Commission continues work on fair and predictable employment contracts

The European Commission has entered into further discussions with trade unions and employers’ organisations at EU level on how to modernise the rules on employment contracts, in order to make these contracts fairer and more predictable for all types of workers. With this initiative, the Commission continues to roll out the European Pillar of Social Rights, aiming to create convergence between Member States towards better working and living conditions. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President responsible for the Euro, Social Dialogue, Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union said: “The role of the social partners is central for moving forward with the European Pillar of Social Rights. This is particularly the case when it comes to addressing challenges related to new forms of employment and providing adequate working conditions in atypical forms of employments. (…) The Commission is mindful of the need to balance essential protection for workers with companies’ scope for job creation and labour market innovation. That is what our proposal is about”. Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, added: “Workers have the right to be informed in writing at the start of employment about their rights and obligations. But millions of Europeans working in non-standard contracts are uncertain about their rights. (…) Ensuring fairer and more predictable employment contracts is a basis for fair working conditions across the EU. This is what we strive for with the European Pillar of Social Rights, which I hope will be proclaimed at the highest political level during the Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg on 17 November.” The Commission wants to broaden the scope of the current Directive on employment contracts (the so-called Written Statement Directive), extending it to new forms of employment, such as on-demand workers, voucher-based workers and platform workers, so that no one is left behind. The current rules should also be modernised, taking account of developments on the labour market in the past decades. By improving the information that is given at the start of an employment contract, workers will be better aware of their rights, and therefore more able to enforce these rights. For employers, bringing the rules up to date will bring more legal clarity and certainty and will avoid unfair competition. Social partners will be able to share their views on the envisaged updates of EU legislation on employment contracts until 3 November 2017. The Commission aims to present a legislative proposal before the end of the year. A full press release and a Q&A are available online.

Commission welcomes Council decision to close Excessive Deficit Procedure for Greece

The Commission welcomes the Council decision to close the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) for Greece adopted at today’s meeting of the General Affairs Council. This decision follows the Commission’s recommendation to close the EDP in July. The Commission made this recommendation on the basis of the substantial efforts undertaken by Greece to consolidate its public finances coupled with the progress made in the implementation of its ESM stability support programme. The general government balance has improved from a deficit of 15.1% in 2009 to a surplus of 0.7% in 2016. This is well below the 3% threshold set out in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. According to the Spring 2017 Economic Forecast, the positive fiscal performance of Greece is expected to be durable, with the deficit projected to remain below 3% over the forecast horizon. This progress is in addition to the substantial and wide-ranging structural reform packages that Greece has adopted as part of its commitments under the Greek stability support programme, reforms that are being implemented. Following today’s Council decision, only three Member States now remain under the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact (France, Spain and the United Kingdom), down from 24 countries during the financial crisis in 2011. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: “Today’s decision by the Council is a recognition of the tremendous efforts and sacrifices the Greek people have made to restore stability to their country’s public finances. The turnaround since 2009 has no parallels in Europe. We now need to ensure there is constructive cooperation between all institutions and the Greek authorities to ensure a smooth and swift conclusion of the third review. That will pave the way for a successful conclusion of the programme next summer and for the opening of a new and optimistic chapter for Greece and for the euro area as a whole.”

 

Better access to clean drinking water in Bulgaria thanks to Cohesion Policy investments

€35 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested in the drinking and waste water network of the city of Vratsa, in North-West Bulgaria. With this investment, the urban area’s 111,600 inhabitants will be connected to a modern water distribution system while the upgrading works will result in a considerable decrease in water losses. The project also involves the renovation of a wastewater treatment plant. Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Creţu said: “In some of our regions, easy access to clean drinking water is not a given. The EU invests to improve the everyday lives of all our citizens, to protect their health and preserve their environment. This is EU solidarity at work.” More information on EU funds in Bulgaria is available on the Open Data Platform.

 

Circular Economy: Commission hosts stakeholder conference on ‘Reinventing Plastics’

The Commission will host tomorrow, 26 September, a fully-booked stakeholder conference addressing the challenges and opportunities of plastics. Input from civil society and industry will be an essential contribution in the development of the Commission’s Plastics Strategy, an integral part of the new Industrial Policy Strategy announced by the Juncker Commission to modernise and make industry stronger and more competitive. First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioners Bieńkowska and Vella will speak at the conference and listen to stakeholders’ views on how the plastics industry can evolve to reduce its environmental impact and further boost its economic contribution in Europe. More than 1.4 million people work in the European plastics industry, which is worth over €350 billion each year. However, opportunities for further growth are being missed because of low recycling rates and a high reliance on raw materials. As part of the push to improve the Circular Economy, the Commission’s upcoming Plastics Strategy will aim to improve the conditions for investment and innovation, help the industry become more circular, competitive and resource-efficient, create more jobs and further boost growth. Theconference is expected to discuss designing products for durability and recyclability, elimination of hazardous substances, sorting, traceability, incorporating recycled content, alternative feedstocks and biodegradability. The conference will also explore the issue of marine litter, including microplastics and protection of the health of EU citizens, and will look ahead to the discussions on this topic at the Our Ocean conference in Valletta, Malta on 5-6 October. Tomorrow’s stakeholder conference will be webstreamed live here. The full programme can be found online.

  

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Miller Homes by Bridgepoint

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Miller Homes Holdings Limited by Bridgepoint Group Limited, both of the UK. Miller Homes is mainly active in residential real estate development across the UK. Bridgepoint is a private equity group. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because the companies are not active in the same or related markets. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8619.

 

Mergers: Commission approves the acquisition of Fujitsu Ten by DENSO

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of sole control over Fujitsu Ten Limited by DENSO Corporation, both of Japan. Both DENSO and Fujitsu Ten are suppliers of advanced automotive technology, systems and components. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the limited overlap between the companies’ activities in Europe.The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8625.

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Prénatal Retail Group by Artsana

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control of Prénatal Retail Group by Artsana, both of Italy. Prénatal Retail Group is active in the retail sale of baby care products and toys through its specialised stores Prénatal, Bimbo Store, Toys Centerand King Jouet. Artsana is active in the manufacture and supply of baby care products, including the brand Chicco, and health care products, as well as in the retail sale of baby care products through specialised stores. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because Artsana already controlled Prénatal Retail Group (jointly with Giochi Preziosi) before the transaction, and the change from joint control to sole control by Artsana will not result in a significant change in competitive conditions. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8600.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vice-President Ansip, Commissioners Thyssen and Moedas participate in the G7 ministerial meetings in Turin, Italy 

Several Commissioners participate in the G7 innovation week dedicated to Industry and ICT, Science and Labour taking place in Turin, Italy (programme). Tonight and tomorrow Vice-President Andrus Ansip will take part in the ministerial meetings dedicated to industry and ICT, which will focus on the competitiveness of SMEs in the next production revolution; the free flow of information, digital infrastructure, standards and artificial intelligence; and cybersecurity and intellectual property rights. This will be the occasion for the Vice-President to present the recent proposals of the Commission on the free flow of non-personal data (press release) and cybersecurity (press release).A press conference will take place on Tuesday at 12:30 CET. In the margins of the event, the Vice-President will meet Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains. He will also meet Japan’s State Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Shinsuke Okuno and Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Daisaku Hiraki. Commissioner Carlos Moedas will travel to Turin on Wednesday 27 September and participates in the G7 Science Ministerial Meeting until Thursday 28 September. The objective of the thematic discussion he will attend is to analyse how researchers could better contribute to the economic growth. A press conference will take place on Thursday at 17.30 CET. Commissioner Marianne Thyssen will represent the EU in the meeting of the G7 labour and employment ministers on 29 and 30 September. More info on her visit will be published later in the week. 

 

Vice-President Katainen and Commissioners Moedas and Navracsics at the “EU for facts: evidence for policy in a post-fact world” conference

On 26 September the Commission’s science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising its annual conference on “EU for facts: evidence for policy in a post-fact world”. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said ahead of the conference: “Just like Gutenberg’s printing press, social media has enabled a paradigm shift in communication, wresting control from traditional information ‘gatekeepers’. In policymaking, values and emotions have always had an important place alongside evidence and facts, but the lines have become increasingly blurred. The JRC is working with scientists, politicians, the media and citizens to develop new thinking and new narratives, finding a better balance between facts and values in the political discourse.” Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will deliver a key-note speech and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will give opening remarks in a session dedicated to the question of trust in science. Other speakers will include Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Sir Peter Gluckman, Chair of the International Network for Science Advice to Governments, Rush Holt, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Professor Steven Sloman of Brown University’s Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences. Leading experts from the fields of science, policy and media will discuss, among others, issues of trust in science, and the need to re-design policymaking using behavioral and decision science. The conference is the highlight of JRC‘s 60th Anniversary celebrations. The conference will be webstreamed. More information can be found here.

 

European Researchers’ Night 2017 going to 12th round this Friday

The 12th edition of European Researchers’ Night takes place this week on Friday giving people across Europe the chance to discover science in a fun way in more than 340 cities in the EU and neighbouring countries. All the events are supported by the European Commission as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. A special event called “Science is Wonder-ful!” is being organised at the Parlamentarium in Brussels on 26 and 27 September. Visitors will have the possibility to take part in experiments by Marie Skłodowska-Curie researchers ranging from neuroscience to geology and psychology to multilingualism. The event will already begin this evening with a science contest showcasing the most promising scientific projects – the Falling Walls Lab-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – at the House of European History. During the Brussels event (26 September), Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, will take part in a special ceremony to mark the funding of the 100 000th MSCA fellow, featuring 30 exemplary researchers and their projects. Ahead of the award ceremony, Commissioner Navracsics said: “I am proud that the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions have funded more than 100,000 fellows so far. This is a great achievement for our programme which trains and supports the most promising researchers. As passionate scientists, every single one of them works towards a better future for us all. For a first-hand experience of research and science, come to the European Researchers’ Night events, one of the biggest science events in Europe.” The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, named after the double Nobel Prize-winning Polish-French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, support excellent researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. More information can be found in this factsheet.

 

Commissioner Moedas meets Prime Minister Tsipras in Athens today

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will meet Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras today in Athens. They will encounter in the Prime Minister residence, Maximos Mansion, from 15.30 (GMT+3, 16.30 CET), and discuss the importance of science and innovation, and the role of EU funding, in particular the programme Horizon 2020, in the economic recovery of the country. The Commissioner has participated this morning in the Conference on the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean area (PRIMA) and gave a keynote speech on the PRIMA initiative. He then met with the Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation Mr. Costas Fotakis with whom he discussed research infrastructures among other topics. Commissioner Moedas will have a discussion with Greek ERC Grantees in the early afternoon.

Programme: 4th round of EU-UK Article 50 negotiations, Brussels, 25-28 September 2017

 

Monday, 25 September 2017

  • Negotiating groups
  • 17:30: David Davis, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Michel Barnier, European Commission Chief Negotiator, meet at the Berlaymont (VIP corner).
  • Principals’ meeting

 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

  • Negotiating groups

 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

  • Negotiating groups
  • Coordinators’ meeting

 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

  • Plenary session with the Principals
  • Press briefing

 

Note:

There are three negotiating groups covering citizens’ rights, financial settlement and other separation issues. The issues related to Northern Ireland will be addressed by the Coordinators. The governance of the withdrawal agreement will be also discussed at technical level.

Public Consultation on the Initiative to improve the food supply chain 16 August 2017 – 17 November

Objective of the consultation

There are about 11 million farms in the European Union (EU) and 44 million people are employed in the entire EU food supply chain. Farmers are important strategic and economic players in the food supply chain.

The common agricultural policy (CAP) has over time become more market-oriented and less reliant on the management of markets.  In addition, European agriculture and the agri-food sector are increasingly integrated in global markets.

This has created important business opportunities, but also exposed farmers to greater market uncertainties and increased price volatility. Farmers often work independently of each other, and there is little in the way of collective bargaining power to help farmers defend their interests against other parts of the food chain, such as food processors and retailers. The Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) set up by Commissioner Hogan proposed a number of concrete ways to strengthen the position of farmers in the food supply chain.

The European Commission will take forward this work, consulting the public regarding three areas relating to farmers’ position in the food supply chain:

  • unfair trading practices (UTPs)
  • market transparency and
  • producer cooperation.

The input received from this consultation will complement the work on the simplification and modernisation of the CAP.  The measures looked into under the initiative to improve the food supply chain would have, if adopted, relatively little impact on the EU budget as they would mainly relate to governance rules of the supply chain.

The consultation process will result in an impact assessment and complement the work on the future of the common agricultural policy. More information in the consultation strategy document.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR REPLY

Responses must be submitted via the online questionnaire. Please note that in order to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process only responses received through the online questionnaire will be taken into account and included in the report summarising the responses.

The questionnaire is currently available in English only, but will be available in all official EU languages by 25 August. Contributions may be submitted in any official EU language.

All contributions will be published on the website of the European Commission, subject to data protection rules and the restrictions applicable to organisations.

In the interest of transparency, the Commission asks organisations that wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct . If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission’s stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704 , and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007 ).

If you are a registered organisation, please indicate your Register ID number in the Transparency Register when replying to the online questionnaire. Your contribution will then be considered as representative of the views of your organisation.

If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to REGISTER NOW. Then you can return to this page and submit your contribution as a registered organisation.

The questionnaire will be available until 17 November 2017.

View the questionnaire

Respond to the consultation

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.


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