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Articles Tagged ‘European Union’

Brexit concerns for Irish dairy and beef sector highlighted


If the UK voters decide to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum in June of this year, it could have a significant impact on Irish agri-food exports. This is according to a newly released report produced by economists from Teagasc, launched April 13 at a Teagasc and Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland (AESI) seminar in Backweston, County Kildare.

Hayes addresses the 39th session of the FAO conference

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes today addressed the 39th Session of the FAO Conference in Rome. The theme of the debate was Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty and Hunger by Strengthening Rural Resilience: Social Protection and Sustainable Agricultural Development.

IFA says negotiations need to be progressed regarding Brexit


The official Brexit date is scheduled for March 29th 2019, exactly one year to this day. IFA president Joe Healy has warned rapid progress in the withdrawal-agreement negotiations is needed to avoid a disastrous no-deal scenario and UK cheap food policy.

IFA welcomes Kelly climate change appointment

Sean Kelly


IFA president Eddie Downey has welcomed the appointment of Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly to the role of chairman of the European Parliament's negotiating committee for the International Climate Change Agreement, and has called for recognition of agriculture's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

McGuinness calls for support for tillage sector


Vice-president of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness MEP, has urged EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, to address immediate and long-term concerns about the future viability of the grain sector and to explore all options to provide financial supports for tillage farmers affected by a very poor harvest, in a meeting with the Commissioner in Strasbourg. Following this, the Agriculture Committee has agreed to have a debate on the issue.

MEP predicts significant CAP changes post-2020


Budgetary pressures in the EU, strong lobbying by environmental organisations, a looming Brexit and frustration among farmers with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) form the backdrop to further and potentially significant changes to the CAP post-2020, according to European Parliament vice-president, Mairead McGuinness.

Minister Creed responds to UK fisheries announcement


Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has described the announcement by the UK government that it is withdrawing from the 1964 London Fisheries Convention as "unwelcome and unhelpful".

Second round of milk supply reduction scheme


Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has announced details of how Irish dairy farmers can apply for the second round of the EU voluntary milk supply management scheme.

Tillage farmers deserve exceptional aid package – Harkin


Tillage farmers suffering great hardship in parts of the country as a result of difficult harvesting conditions fully deserved to have an exceptional aid package specifically geared to offsetting their losses, according to Independent MEP Marian Harkin.

UK access to EU single market could pose problems


"Negotiations on Brexit could be a double edged sword for Ireland with a need not only to protect our exports but also to strongly defend all sectors of our economy in any post Brexit scenario."