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Following the EU Farm Council meeting in Luxembourg today, IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin said Ireland must build on the rapidly growing opposition to the proposed Mercosur trade deal, including sensitive products such as beef.

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IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin this week wrote to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to express serious concerns about the engagement between EU and Mercosur negotiators in Brussels this Friday and the imminent exchange of offers between both sides.

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IFA National Chairman Jer Bergin has called on EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to urgently intervene and prevent an exchange of offers on a trade deal between the EU and the Mercosur countries of South America.

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IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said it makes no sense whatsoever for the EU to recommence discussions with Mercosur, particularly in the context of the ongoing discussion on TTIP with the US and the climate change negotiations. He said any Mercosur trade deal would be extremely damaging for Irish and European agriculture, and especially our important beef trade.

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