Speaking at the Agrifish Council, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., expressed support for the proposed shift in the administration of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from a compliance-based approach to one focused on performance and delivery.

However, the new performance framework would have to be facilitated by the provision of sufficient funding.

The Minister said: “Farmers need proper support to help them to achieve the future objectives of the CAP. This applies not just to issues such as increased environmental ambition, but also to the way in which the CAP itself is implemented. Without adequate funding we will not achieve our goals. The budget for the CAP must therefore be maintained.”

The Council also debated the Commission communication “Clean Planet for All - a long-term vision for a climate neutral economy”, as well as the current situation in relation to international trade. Minister Doyle took the opportunity to call for the EU to ensure policy coherence between agriculture, climate change and international trade policies. Noting that the Clean Planet Communication warns about the impacts of European policy choices on emissions from exporting countries with regard to biomass, Minister Doyle said: “We should bear these warnings in mind in considering the wisdom of allowing increased imports of beef from Mercosur into the EU.”

Before the Council, Minister Doyle had constructive discussions with Commissioner Hogan in relation to the need for an exceptional aid package for the beef sector. Referring to these discussions, Minister Doyle said that he was confident that a strong case had been made to the Commission, and that he hoped that a decision could be made on the matter in the very near future.

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Now editorial team. Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Sunday please call 074 9112712. Between 5pm and midnight please call or text 086 792 2103. Or you can email [email protected] at any time.