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Sinn Féin MEP and member of the European Parliament Agriculture & Rural Development committee, Matt Carthy, has called on the commission to introduce strengthened supports for Dairy farmers who are dealing with increased price volatility in their sector.

 

Mr. Carthy was speaking as Parliament voted on the Nicolson own initiative report into prospects for the Dairy sector on which he acted as shadow rapporteur.

 

Speaking after the debate the Sinn Féin representative said:

 

"Much of the positive predications of what the post-quota era would mean for Milk farmers have abated in recent times. It is clear that many in the Dairy sector are finding the increasing price volatility difficult to manage and if action is not taken many small farmers will be forced out of the sector. They need more than platitudes from the European Commission.

 

"While I commend Jim Nicolson for his work on the report being debated this week I would have preferred if the report was more adventurous in its proposals in terms of supports to farmers affected by extreme price volatility.

 

"Farmers deserve a fair price for their produce and an ongoing situation whereby milk is often a loss-making product is unsustainable. There are ways in which the commission can and should be more proactive in offering support. For example an intervention price can be a strong tool to balance a market but the intervention price has to reflect the cost of production.

 

"Sinn Féin voted against the report because we want to see real action that will allow our Dairy sector to flourish in coming years and we want to see smaller family farms supported during turbulent times. The report fell short in this regard.

 

"In coming months I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Agriculture and Rural Development committee in pressing the commission to act in a substantial manner so that our Dairy sector can reach its full potential".

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Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has today voted against a report today on public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Speaking from the European Parliament today, the Sinn Féin MEP said,

“I voted against a report today on public-private partnerships (PPPs).

“Unfortunately, this parliament has adopted a very skewed and deceptive text which does not recognise the serious risks and problems PPPs have for the delivery of public services to citizens.  

“I am particularly disappointed that they include water supply as a target area for an increased participation of private companies.

“Water supply is a natural monopoly and private and public operators do not have the same objectives in the field of water.

“Private companies prioritise profit for shareholders whilst the objective of public operators is to provide safe, clean and accessible water to citizens.

“In my report on the Right2Water I have underlined the need for the human right to water to be enshrined in EU legislation so that no operator can put profit before the provision of water services to citizens.

“Private involvement in the water sector has a record of failure across the world and should not be promoted by the EU.

“In my report I call for more support to public-public partnerships, in line with the Right2Water campaign.”

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Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has told fellow deputies that the European Parliament risks becoming ‘an expensive rubber stamp for the European commission’ if it fails to listen to the concerns of millions of people who have campaigned on TTIP.

Carthy, who was speaking in a plenary debate on TTIP in Strasbourg this morning said:

“This weeks European Parliament debate and vote on TTIP presented a significant opportunity for MEPs. Millions of people across Europe have mobilised and ask parliament to defend democracy, the environment, workers rights, public services and our farming communities by rejecting the commission’s current approach to TTIP.

“It appears that parliament is going to miss the opportunity. The actions of President Martin Schulz who previously cancelled a debate on TTIP and the attitude of parties such as Fine Gael have positioned the European Parliament – not as the democratic voice of the people of Europe – but rather as an expensive rubber stamp of the commission’s agenda.

“Make no mistake about it, opposition to a TTIP deal that would undermine the fabric of communities will intensify in the time ahead. MEP’s have to decide if they are on the side of the people of Europe or vested corporate interests”.

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Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has told fellow deputies that the European Parliament risks becoming ‘an expensive rubber stamp for the European commission’ if it fails to listen to the concerns of millions of people who have campaigned on TTIP.

Carthy, who was speaking in a plenary debate on TTIP in Strasbourg this morning said:

“This weeks European Parliament debate and vote on TTIP presented a significant opportunity for MEPs. Millions of people across Europe have mobilised and ask parliament to defend democracy, the environment, workers rights, public services and our farming communities by rejecting the commission’s current approach to TTIP.

“It appears that parliament is going to miss the opportunity. The actions of President Martin Schulz who previously cancelled a debate on TTIP and the attitude of parties such as Fine Gael have positioned the European Parliament – not as the democratic voice of the people of Europe – but rather as an expensive rubber stamp of the commission’s agenda.

“Make no mistake about it, opposition to a TTIP deal that would undermine the fabric of communities will intensify in the time ahead. MEP’s have to decide if they are on the side of the people of Europe or vested corporate interests”.

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Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that Wednesday’s European Parliament vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) provides an opportunity for MEPs to support the wishes of the people of Europe rather than defending the interests of corporate lobbyists.

Carthy said:

“The vote by the Greek people yesterday and the growing support of progressive parties across Europe shows the growing disillusionment of the people with the direction of the European Union.

“It is becoming increasingly apparent that European leaders and institutions are more concerned with giving effect to the wishes of the corporate elite to the detriment of the core values on which the European Union is founded.

“Those same leaders who underestimated the strength of opposition of the Greek people to further austerity measures have, in my view, also underestimated the strength of the opposition across Europe to the terms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“This Wednesday, MEPs will be given the opportunity to send a strong signal to the commission to address the concerns of people right across Europe who have campaigned in their hundreds of thousands to highlight the impact of TTIP on their communities.

“MEPs will be given an opportunity to make a clear stand in favour of democracy and the rule of law, cherished principles that cannot be sold off to the highest bidder.

“TTIP presents a threat to the environment, public services, workers' rights, agriculture and democracy. It is not a good deal for Ireland nor is it a good deal for the people of Europe.

“I am calling on fellow MEPs to reject the Report coming before Parliament and send a clear message to trade negotiators that we will not accept any deal which is not in the best interests of our people.”