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Minister Smith in Poland and Hungary for talks on the future of CAP

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD will travel to Poland on Tuesday, to meet with Mr Marek Sawicki, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development and on to Hungary to meet with Mr Sándor Fazekas, Minister for Rural Development. 

The visits are part of a series of meetings which Minister Smith is undertaking with his Ministerial colleagues in other EU member states to discuss the future direction of the Common Agriculture Policy after 2013. Minister Smith said "Like Ireland, Poland and Hungary have large agricultural sectors and a significant interest in the future of the CAP.  I believe that both countries will be important contributors to the decisions we will make on the shape of the CAP post-2013 and I want to ensure that we fully understand each other's position.  My overriding concern is to ensure that we have a strong and properly resourced common policy that will underpin the competitiveness and sustainability of European and Irish agriculture and the incomes of our farmers".

Also on the agenda are the recommendations of the High Level Group on Milk and the recent re-launch of trade negotiations with MERCOSUR. Hungary and Poland will take over the EU Presidency in 2011 and Minister Smith will discuss the main issues which may arise for Ireland during this period.

Date Released: 27 July 2010