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Minister Smith meets with MEPS on Future of CAP

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith, T.D., has met with a delegation of MEPs in his Department to discuss the future of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) after 2013.

The delegation included Mr. George Lyon, a Scottish MEP and rapporteur for the European Parliament Agriculture Committee in its report on CAP after 2013. Also in the delegation were, Pat the Cope Gallagher, MEP; Liam Aylward, MEP and Marian Harkin, MEP.

Minister Smith welcomed the opportunity to engage with the European Parliament and looked forward to the full application of co-decision in agriculture, which he said would be a learning experience for all. He emphasised his commitment to a strong and adequately resourced CAP after 2013, for which he has received good support in the Agriculture Council.

Noting that negotiations were in the early days, the Minister repeated his view that he was opposed to an EU-wide flat rate payment and said that Ireland would robustly defend the principles of the CAP and seek secure sufficient resources to preserve the principles of solidarity, support for primary production, food security, quality and food safety and protection of family farming.

Date Released: 05 February 2010