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While Brussels was quiet during August, the continued work of the Brexit Task Force 50 Team ensured the Commission was particularly active on one of IFA’s most pressing concerns.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has received confirmation from the EU Commission that the proposed €25m increase in ANC payments, promised in the Programme for Government can be made later this year to Brussels as part of an amendment to the 2014-2020 RDP.

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Speaking from Brussels where he is attending a meeting of the European farm group COPA, IFA President Joe Healy said there is an increasing realisation among farm bodies across Europe of the potential damaging implications of a hard Brexit.

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Reacting to today’s report by the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture on the impact of Brexit on farming, IFA President Joe Healy said the two key issues for the agriculture sector are the closest possible trading relationship between the UK and EU, and the provision of a strong CAP budget following the UK departure.

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IFA President Joe Healy said the EU Food Chain report contains important recommendations on increased price transparency and independent enforcement to strengthen farmers’ position in the food chain.

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