Minister McConalogue under pressure as CAP talks start in Luxembourg
Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue is attending an EU Council of Ministers in Luxembourg to examine the CAP 2023-2027 agreement announced in Brussels on Friday.
He stressed that the deal reached was “provisional” pending approval from EU agriculture ministers at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting, which takes place over the next two days.
“In preparation for this meeting, the minister and his officials will study the details of the proposals when they are made available by the presidency,” added a spokesperson for the department.
“The agreement will also have to be formally ratified by the European Parliament.”
The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Tim Cullinan, is also in Luxembourg today.
He said Minister McConalogue must push for more flexibility in the talks.
“The combined effects of the interim deal will devastate a cohort of farmers in Ireland,” Cullinan added.
“This will have a ripple effect on the sector at large which will be very damaging to the rural economy.
“This interim deal is a bad deal for Irish farmers and a bad deal for the rural economy.
“Minister Charlie McConalogue must guarantee more flexibility to mitigate the negative impact of some of the measures. ”
Meanwhile, Macra has expressed her “disappointment” at what she describes as the new CAP’s “lack of ambition” to drive significant generational change in European agriculture.
He also called on Minister McConalogue to commit to “encouraging young farmers to get into farming”.
“It is disappointing that the EU negotiations have failed to achieve the desired 4% of Pillar 1 payments, however, the Irish Department of Agriculture may exceed the now agreed minimum of 3% of payments for young farmers, ”said President John Keane.
“Macra na Feirme has always called for more funds and ambition to bring about positive change and encourage higher levels of generational renewal.
“The agreement now offers Dublin the opportunity to achieve the level of ambition we need for young Irish farmers, which Brussels has failed to achieve.
Macra na Feirme calls on Minister Charlie McConalogue to pledge that the Ministry of Agriculture redoubles its efforts to encourage young farmers to get into farming with additional support for young farmers as part of the plan of the Irish CAP. ”
BirdWatch Ireland said the CAP deal had “failed again for the environment”.
Oonagh Duggan, Advocacy Officer, pointed out that Ireland “was running out of time” to deal with loss of habitat for birds and pollinators, poor water quality and increased gas emissions. greenhouse effect.
“We know that farmers want to do a lot more for nature and they need to be supported to do it,” she added.
“The details of the CAP agreement show a significant weakening of the proposals made by the European Commission to agriculture ministers to make agriculture greener.
“Examples include the weakening of the environmental conditions of the basic payment, including ‘space for nature’ on farmland and protection of peatlands.
“A key opportunity has been missed to address the biodiversity and climate emergencies associated with agriculture, and the EU’s Green Deal now lacks credibility.”