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Publication of Submissions under National Consultation on the Common Agricultural Policy Post 2020

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today published the submissions made by stakeholders in response to his Department’s consultation on the configuration of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020. 

This consultation was launched by Minister Creed in January 2018.  It involved six well attended public meetings held across Ireland and provided an opportunity for citizens to debate the issues and present their views.  Over 1,200 people attended these sessions.  In addition written submissions were invited and these are being published today on the Department’s website

Referring to the publication of the submissions the Minister said:

“This consultation provided an opportunity to citizens to present their views on a policy of critical importance to Ireland.  It is entirely appropriate that I should publish the written submissions received in the week in which the EU Commission is expected to publish its own legislative proposals.  

As we enter the negotiations to come, it is important to be armed with the perspective that comes from engaging with a range of people with an active interest in the sector. I want to express my gratitude to those who have played such an important role in my Department’s deliberations by attending the public meetings and making written submissions.”  

Note for the Editors

On 24 January 2018, The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, announced a public consultation on the configuration of the Common Agricultural Policy in the period from 2021 to 2027. 

The consultation period ran from 26th January to 23rd March 2018. Minister Creed published a consultation document and submission form inviting interested parties to make written submissions on some key questions.

The process also included six public meetings during the month of February 2018. These were hosted in:

  • Charleville, Co. Cork;
  • Navan, Co. Meath;
  • Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim;
  • Carlow, Co. Carlow;
  • Athlone, Co. Westmeath;
  • Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

On average of 200 or more people attended each meeting.

164 written submissions were received with 78 respondents specifically identified themselves as farmers.  32 responses were from organisations such as the IFA, INHFA, ICMSA, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Teagasc, EPA.  27 responses were received from subscribers to the Vegan Sustainability magazine.

There were a total of 11 categories within the submission form covering some of the most important issues such as direct payments, the environment, on farm investment and simplification.

The Department has today published submissions received on www.agriculture.gov.ie, from those who have provided permission for their submissions to be released.

  ENDS

Date Released: 01 June 2018