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Minister Coveney forges strong alliance with France on CAP and Common Fisheries Policy

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD met with his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire in Paris today.

Minister Coveney said that for Ireland to secure a successful outcome on both the CAP and CFP negotiations it is important to build alliances with other Member States.

"I am happy that today's meeting forges an even closer understanding with my French counterpart Bruno Le Maire.  I will continue to take every opportunity to ensure that Ireland's concerns are fully understood and that alliances are strengthened in the run up to these negotiations".

Minister Coveney said Ireland and France have common objectives in terms of both simplification and flexibility in a reformed CAP.  In relation to the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy both Ministers have a common understanding in relation to proposals on the important issues of transferability of quotas and the question of discards.

The Minister also took the opportunity to discuss the evolution of the dairy in the run up to the abolition of milk quotas.

Official joint communiqué (doc 30Kb)   is attached.



Date Released: 30 September 2011