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Alan Matthews: The budget is agreed, but the real CAP battles for Irish farming are just beginning

The big calls on issues such as convergence will be made in Dublin not Brussels, and the Government will also have to put up additional funding to maximise funding for rural development and environmental schemes

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Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary and his officials will be making many of the key decisions on how the €10.7 billion CAP allocation is divided among Irish farmers. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary and his officials will be making many of the key decisions on how the €10.7 billion CAP allocation is divided among Irish farmers. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary and his officials will be making many of the key decisions on how the €10.7 billion CAP allocation is divided among Irish farmers. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

European leaders reached a deal last week on the EU's medium-term budget, the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), and on a European stimulus fund called Next Generation EU to address the catastrophic economic consequences of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the very different positions of Member States going into these negotiations and the many complex issues at stake, reaching unanimous agreement after four days and nights of negotiations was an astounding political achievement.


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