Coveney demands more CAP flexibility
The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has vowed to fight for the "maximum flexibility" in the manner in which direct payments under CAP are distributed nationally.
Minister Coveney was speaking following the first meeting of EU agriculture ministers on the CAP reform proposals which were published recently by Agriculture Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos.
At the meeting, held in Luxembourg last Thursday, Minister Coveney highlighted the issue of the distribution of direct payments within member states as the most serious concern for Ireland.
He said the proposal, which would impose uniform national or regional payment rates, would result in "massive transfers" in payments within Ireland from the more productive farms to more marginal and lower productivity holdings.
The minister said he would be looking for "the maximum flexibility for Member States to design the payment model that suits their own conditions".
He said other key issues for Ireland were:
•The distribution of Pillar 2 funds between member states;