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EU Agriculture Commissioner to visit Ireland

Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development comes to Ireland on Friday 1 October.  The Commissioner is in Ireland at the invitation of Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD to discuss the future of the EU Common Agricultural Policy after 2013.

Minister Smith said he was very pleased that the Commissioner was coming to Ireland at this important time in the negotiations on the future CAP when the Commission was finalising its thinking on its formal communication on the CAP after 2013.  Commissioner Ciolos had already shown a willingness to listen by virtue of the comprehensive consultation process he had organised earlier this year, a process Irish stakeholders had contributed to extensively.  The Commission Communication is due to be published next month and Minister Smith said he hoped that the Irish visit would bring a distinct Irish influence to the content of that communication and to the future direction of CAP policy after 2013.

A series of engagements have been organised for the Commissioner's visit.  He will have an early-morning meeting with Ministers Smith, Pat Carey and senior officials, followed by a short meeting with An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. Central to the discussions with the Ministers and the Taoiseach will be the future of the CAP and the particular concerns for Ireland within that.  He will then address and take questions from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture in Dail Eireann.  From there he will travel to the Department of Agriculture campus in Backweston, Co. Kildare for a meeting with stakeholders from the Irish agri-food industry.  Commissioner Ciolos will also visit a typical farm in north Kildare.

Date Released: 30 September 2010