IFA President Joe Healy has called for the unconditional removal of sensitive products, in particular beef, from any offer on Mercosur being considered by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
Joe Healy said any negotiating strategy based on concessions on sensitive products, including beef, and sacrificing European farmers in the process is totally flawed.
He said, any offer on beef to Mercosur would be reckless as it would undermine the EU negotiating position in other bilateral trade negotiations, particularly TTIP.
The IFA President said the new Government must move immediately on the Mercosur issue and tackle the EU Commission head-on over its flawed negotiating strategy. The Government must make it clear that there is no room for any concessions on beef in the negotiations.