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Proposed cuts to the CAP Budget are a major threat to farming in Ireland and must be strongly resisted, IFA President Joe Healy said today following the launch of CAP 2020 proposals by Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels.

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Speaking as part of a panel at the National Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe in Dublin today, Europe Day, IFA President Joe Healy said decisions at EU level in the next 12 months will be a litmus test that will determine farmer sentiment towards Europe.

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Ahead of Wednesday’s EU Commission’s proposals on the next EU Budget, IFA President Joe Healy said all Irish political representatives should row in strongly behind the campaign for an increase in the CAP Budget, which is crucial for the future of Irish farming.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has welcomed the announcement that the EU Commission has recognised the merits of the case put forward by IFA to reduce the VAT rate on vaccines by working on plans to allow Member States to reduce the rate of VAT to 0%.

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Speaking from Brussels today, IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the decision of the EU to ban another 20 Brazilian meat plants because they fail to meet EU standards fully backs up the repeated calls from the IFA to reject any increase in meat imports from Brazil in the Mercosur negotiations.

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