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At a meeting in Brussels with the Director of the EU Rural Development Programme, Loriz-Hoffmann, IFA National Grain Committee Chairman Liam Dunne called on the Commission to speedily approve Ireland’s RDP plan which incorporates specific investment grant aid proposals for tillage farmers.

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IFA this week met with the EU Commission in Brussels to discuss the new rules on simplification of the CAP and how they can be implemented in 2016. 

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IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said the EU Commission has invited the IFA, as the representative body for sheep farmers in Ireland, to participate on a new Reflection Group being established in Brussels to examine the future of the sheep meat sector.

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IFA President Eddie Downey this week met with and wrote to EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan to express his concerns on dairy price pressures. He asked the Commissioner to have his services undertake an immediate review of dairy intervention prices, as the Commission is mandated to do under Article 7.2 of the European Parliament and Council Regulation 1308/2013 – the regulation within the CAP that deals with ‘Common Market Organisation’.

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