IFA’s John Lynskey discussing revision of TRQs for sheepmeat in EU following Brexit at COPA Working Party on sheep in Brussels
IFA’s John Lynskey discussing revision of TRQs for sheepmeat in EU following Brexit at COPA Working Party on sheep in Brussels
North Cork IFA meeting Sean Kelly & Liam McHale in Brussels
Meeting with Commissioner Phil Hogan at event on Digitising Agriculture and Food Value Chains which took place in Brussels
Meeting with Commissioner Carlos Moedas at an event to promote Bioeconomy potential in Brussels
IFA’s Ethan Cleary attending the Horizon 2020 Info Week in Brussels
IFA Joe Healy attending meeting of the COPA Presidency in Brussels today
IFA’s Maura Canning with the new Chair of the COPA Women’s Committee Mrs. Lotta Folkesson from the Swedish Farmers Federation
IFA’s Maura Canning participating in the COPA Women’s Committee working party today in Brussels
IFA with Tom Tynan Cabinet Commissioner Hogan and Michael Mackenzie DG Agri following meeting on CAP and dairy issues
IFA Dairy Group met with Tom Tynan, Cabinet Hogan, to discuss Dairy Sector, Directo fo CAP post 2020and Potential Brexit Impact
IFA President Joe Healy with Eimear O’Donnell, Bord Bia in Brussels
Presentation by Eimear O’Donnell, Bord Bia, on Origin Green/SDAS and Brexit to the IFA Dairy Group in Brussels today
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)
IFA met with Commission DG Agri Head of Unit Sophie Helaine to discuss EU and Global Dairy Sector
IFA Dairy Group lead by Sean O’Leary discussing Dairy Policy, CAP and Brexit with Mairead McGuinness, MEP
IFA Dairy Group discussed Dairy Policy, CAP and Brexit with Matt Carthy, MEP
IFA Dairy Group lead by Sean O’Leary at the European Parliament today in Brussels to meet with MEPs
Liam MacHale with AranLIFE’s Patrick McGurn and Prof. Patrick Wall of UCD at Animal Health Europe’s ‘One Health’ Conference today in Brussels
Liam MacHale meeting with the the EU delegation to the US in Washington DC today
Liam MacHale with Norm Hall, Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Warren, Peston US Deptement of Agriculture, discussing Agri-Tax Policy in Washington DC
IFA President Joe Healy and Liam MacHale met with H.E. Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Irish Embassy, Washington
IFA President Joe Healy at the Irish Embassy in Washington with Dale Crammond Agriculture Counsellor
IFA President Joe Healy and Liam MacHale meeting with Charles Parrot, Agriculture Services Executive USDA in Washington today
IFA President Joe Healy and Liam MacHale discussing Mercosur with Joachim Rukwied (DBV, Germany) and Henri Brichart (FNSEA, France) in Washington DC
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
IFA President Joe Healy in Brussels today chairing the COPA/COGECA Food Chain Working Party
Liam MacHale with WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva
Liam MacHale attending the WTO Public Forum “Trade: Behind the Headline” in Geneva today
Liam MacHale with Professor Thia Hennessy, UCC, and Joshua Anderson, Meat & Livestock Australia, at Global Agriculture Policy workshop in the European Parliament
WFO President Theo de Jager with IFA President Joe Healy after the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) European Constituency meeting in Brussels
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
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
IFA Brussels Director Liam MacHale speaking to Sean Kelly, MEP, at the Ploughing Championships
Gerry Gunning attending the COPA Working Group meeting on Rural Development today in Brussels including discussions on simplification and advisory services
Thomas Ryan IFA discussing environmental issues with DG Agri at “Greening in a Future CAP” event in Brussels
IFA President Joe Healy being interviewed in Brussels on Mercosur and Brexit
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
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
Liam MacHale attending the COPA Working Party on Pigmeat today in Brussels where CAP policy for the pigmeat sector was discussed
Liam MacHale with Mark Calon President of the Dutch Farmers Association (LTO) at CAP policy discussions with the European Commission in Brussels
Liam MacHale with Juan Angel Delgadillo, Chief Mecosur negotiator for Paraguay, following update on EU-Mercosur talks
Liam MacHale at the European Commission DG Trade civil society debrief on the status of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations
Liam MacHale addressed a Fine Gael delegation on Brexit
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
Liam MacHale attending meeting on Impact of Brexit on Citizens’ Rights at Economic & Social Committee in Brussels
Liam MacHale attending today’s DG Trade Briefing on EU-Japan Economic Agreement
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
IFA Presedent Joe Healy and IFA Director General Damian McDonald attend the CAP Conference in Brussels
IFA President Joe Healy met with Martin Merrild President of COPA ahead of the CAP Conference in Brussels today
Richie Flynn presenting on the Aquaculture Advisory Council to the COPA Working party on Fish in Brussels this morning
Liam Machale with Mercosur lead negotiators from EU, Brazil and Argentina
DG Trade meeting re update on EU-Mercosur trade negotiations is packed as negotiators from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay & Uruguay share their views.
Liam Dunne Chairman of the IFA Grain Committee representing the Irish Cereals Sector at discussions in Brussels today at the COPA Working Group
Commissioner Hogan seen here with Liam MacHale, Director, IFA Brussels, samples Irish food at launch of the COPA Farm Recipes book in Brussels
President Joe Healy met with the team of Mr. Guy Verhofstadt MEP, responsible for Brexit within the European Pariliament
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
IFA met with the European Commission Brexit Task Force 50 Team, DG Agri, DG Sante, to discuss latest Brexit developments
Catherine Lascurettes and Sean O’Leary IFA Dairy Chairman at today’s CAP Post 2020 Workshop on Managing Market Challenges at COPA in Brussels
Liam MacHale chaired discussion on Producer Organisations with Philippe Appletans, Belgian Horticulture COOPs, Bruno Buffaria EU Commission & Elisabeth Lacoste, European Beetgrowers Association
Liam MacHale at Mercosur Trade Event in the European Parliament with MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Sofia Ribeiro, Portugal
IFA President Joe Healy will today address the European Parliament Agriculture Committee on Unfair Trading Practices & competition, Fair Food Chain and UTPs
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
IFA President Joe Healy discusses Brexit and the CAP with Christiane Lambert, FNSEA President (French Farmers Organsation)
Joe Healy IFA President with EU Budget Commissioner Gûnther Oettinger and Martin Merrild COPA President in Brussels
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
Joe Healy attending the COPA Praesidium in Brussels for an address by Commissioner for Budget Günther Oettinger
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
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
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
Brigid Fitzgerald IFA’s Press and Digital Media Officer attend the COPA-COGECA Communications Seminar in Brussels
Liam MacHale attending the European Commission Workshop on climate smart land-use policy in Agriculture and Forestry
Angus Woods in discussion with DG AGRI M. Del Pozo Ramos before he chairs the EU Animal Products Civil Dialogue Group meeting in Brussels
IFA’s Liam MacHale meeting with Tim Breitmeyer CLA & Richard Ashworth MEP in Brussels
John Lynskey and Angus Woods attending the COPA Working Group on Sheep in Brussels
Environment Committee Chairman Thomas Cooney and Thomas Ryan met with DG Environment on Nitrates Review and other issues in Brussels today.
Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady discusses ANC payments with EU Commission officials Tarja Tiainen-Balsby & Josefine Loriz-Hoffmann in Brussels
IFA’s John Coughlan led delegation of 6 EU Farming Associations to discuss fertiliser issues with Estonian Government Representatives in Brussels
James Murphy before his address to the European Horse Network Event in the European Parliament in Brussels
IFA President Joe Healy is outlining IFA Brexit priorities to EU Farm Association Presidents in Brussels
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
IFA President Joe Healy chaired the COPA/COGECA Food Chain Working Group today in Brussels discussing consolidation in the food chain
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
IFA’s Ethan Cleary in Brussels today discussing innovative technology for the Cereals Sector with Max Schulman Chairman of the COPA/COGEGA Cereals Committee
IFA’s Ethan Cleary attended the COPA Task Force on Agriculture Technology today in Brussels
IFA’s Rowena Dwyer presenting the IFA Policy on Brexit at a COPA meeting of Farming Associations in Brussels
IFA’s Rowena Dwyer is contributing to the COPA Post 2020 CAP Position document at meeting of Farming Associations in Brussels
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.
IFA’s Angus Woods and Kevin Kinsella attending meeting with Commission on beef trade issues at COPA Beef Working Group in Brussels
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.
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
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
“We should suspend all meat imports from Brazil”: statement by Jean Pierre Fleury, Chairman COPA Working Party on Beef in the European Parliament
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
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.
Kevin Kinsella met the Finnish Farming Association President and executives in Brussels to discuss CAP post2020 issues
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.
Liam MacHale briefed a Fianna Fáil delegation on the priorities for Irish Agriculture in Brexit negotiations
Liam McHale engages in lively debate on Brexit with a delegation of young farmers in the European Parliament hosted by Matt Carthy, MEP
Liam Dunne discussing CAP post-2020 at the COPA Cereals Working Party in Brussels
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
IFA’s James Murphy was elected Chairman of the COPA Working Group on Horses taking over from Pascal Bioulac, France
Joe Brady and Gerry Gunning and Liam MacHale met with French counterparts FNSEA in Paris this morning to discuss ANC mapping and payment criteria
Joe Brady and Gerry Gunning discussing issues on Ireland’s rural development programmes including delayed payments at COPA meeting on Rural Development in Brussels
IFA attending CAP Post 2020 discussion in Brussels, including Professor Alan Matthews, Tassos Haniotis, European Commission DG Agri and Jan Huitema MEP
IFA Environment Chair Thomas Cooney in the European Parliament Brussels for an important debate on EU climate and energy package
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
IFA attended a Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Event hosted by Luke Ming Flanagan, MEP, in the European Parliament Brussels
IFA attended a Commission Event on the Promotion of Agricultural Products and queried them on Market Disturbance support as a result of Brexit
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
IFA’s President Joe Healy chaired high level event with European Commission on addressing issues in the Food Chain
IFA’s President Joe Healy met with Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels to discuss ANCs, CAP, Food Chain, Fertiliser Trade and Brexit
IFA’s Liam MacHale with Commissioner Phil Hogan at the EU Commission Event on Declaration on Rural Development in Berlin
IFA and CMP discussed Impact of Brexit on Irish mushroom sector at the GEPC meeting with the European Commission in Brussels
IFA attended the COPA Task Force meeting on Fertilisers today in Brussels
IFA attended a discussion on Future CAP in the European Parliament with Professor Alan Matthews, Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Janez Potocnik (RISE Foundation)
Liam MacHale met with Sean Kelly, MEP, on Carbon emissions targets and climate change policy
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.
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:
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.
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.
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The questionnaire will be available until 17 November 2017.