Farmers demand that EU Member States replace UK contribution to farm payments
Farmers are demanding that EU Member States make up the expected shortfall in the EU's farm budget.
Speaking in advance of the CAP conference being held in Brussels today (Fri, 7 July), the President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) has said that while people are encouraged by the sense of renewal and resurgence in the EU, that sense of unity must be demonstrated by a commitment to fully fund a new CAP that will continue to support the production of high quality food for the EU’s consumers through the maintenance of an indigenous and vibrant family-farm system.
John Comer said that while he expected to hear ‘dozens’ of contributions about what CAP should or should not be doing, all depended on the CAP budget being adequate for scope of the challenge it addressed.
Comer said that recently the challenge around the CAP Budget had come sharply into focus as reports circulated that the overall EU Budget cuts resulting from the loss of the UK’s contribution would fall disproportionately on CAP.
Ireland’s position must be made abundantly clear: CAP must not be cut and Mr. Comer said that position had to be made as bluntly and as often as was required.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has also recently raised the possibility of the Government exchequer having to make up for a shortfall in the EU's agriculture budget.
Speaking at a Teagasc open day for Dairy Farmers in Cork today, the Minister highlighted that the UK contributes €10 billion per annum into the EU budget of which 40pc goes to find payments to EU farmers under the Common Agriculture Policy.
"We are, like the UK, a net contributor to the EU now", he said.