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Minister welcomes commitment of EU Farm Ministers to the Common Agricultural Policy

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, has welcomed the commitment expressed by 22 EU farm Ministers to the future of the CAP.  This commitment culminated in a declaration agreed in Paris on Thursday last for the future Common Agriculture and Food Policy. 

 The declaration stresses the need for a strong CAP after 2013 and a budget commensurate with its central role in the future development of the EU.  It emphasises the importance of a common, continent-wide policy that addresses food security issues, that recognises the need to maintain family farming in Europe, that fosters competitiveness and innovation and that also delivers public goods, including those related to climate change. 



"These are core principles that I have been pressing for some time", the Minister said.  "I am pleased that so many of my colleagues in other Member States share my point of view.  The declaration reinforces my determination to robustly defend the principles of the CAP in the forthcoming negotiations, and seek to secure sufficient resources to preserve the principles of solidarity, support for primary production, food security, food quality and food safety."


CAP Declaration (doc 30Kb) 

Date Released: 11 December 2009