'CAP must continue to help farmers deal with volatility while regulations must be reduced'
The Minister for Agriculture has said that a future CAP must continue to help farmers deal with market volatility, while the regulatory and audit burdens must be reduced.
Speaking at the Council of Agriculture and Fishers Ministers in Brussels today, Minister Michael Creed said that he stressed the importance of ensuring that the CAP continues to evolve in the way that it has over recent reforms, and that it supports the achievement of European strategic objectives.
"This will help to reinforce the relevance and effectiveness of the policy, and to secure a strong CAP budget for the period post-2020. Key challenges include the need to support sustainable intensification of food production, to help farmers to deal with the effects of market volatility through modern and innovative measures, and to encourage generational renewal.
"I also emphasised the need to sharpen the focus on outcomes, and to reduce the regulatory and audit burdens on Member States and farmers.”
The Irish Minister also said that he was very happy with the bilateral meetings on both agri-food and fisheries aspects of Brexit with a number of Member States, and with Commissioner Phil Hogan.
"I met my counterparts from Spain, Scotland and from Estonia, ahead of the latter’s assumption of the Council Presidency later this year."
He said that his meeting with his Spanish counterpart was a very useful opportunity to identify common concerns, and they agreed that they will work towards building a common platform involving the main Member States operating within the UK 200-mile fishery limits.
"The EU fishing industry is taking a similar approach, and our combined efforts will strengthen our delivery of the EU fishing priorities in the Brexit negotiations.”