Sunday 4 December 2016

CAP revelations shouldn't distract from fundamental issue

Alan Renwick

Published 01/06/2015 | 02:30

Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney

It is clear the distribution of the millions of euro in EU funding from Brussels does not match the objectives for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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Whilst the significant amounts of taxpayers' money ending up in the hands of well-known businesses and the rights and wrongs of publishing individual payments continue to make the headlines, the publication of data on CAP payments does raise some rather more fundamental questions.

These include the amount of support that should be directed at the farm sector and how it should be distributed.

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