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EU recommendations on All Ireland Animal Health welcomed - de Brún

17 April, 2008

Following the recent publication of the EU Taskforce report Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the recommendation of greater All Ireland links in regard to agriculture.

Ms de Brún said,

"The potential of a greater All Ireland approach to agriculture is immense.

"The EU Taskforce report on Agriculture envisages that Animal and plant health should also be considered on the basis of an all-island approach in particular when activities are in place across the border to harmonise monitoring and control strategies for animal and plant health diseases.

"Minister Coughlan and Minster Gildernew are also taking forward work on an all-island Animal Health and Welfare strategy to secure and maintain a high standard of animal health and of public confidence in food safety and in animal welfare.

"Our island status has helped protect us in the past in terms of animal disease and this would be greatly enhanced in the future if the European Commission were to recognise the island as one unit in terms of animal disease.

"This is a common sense approach which would be beneficial to farmers both North and South.

"I urge the Commissioner for Public Health, Food Safety and Animal Health and Welfare, Mrs Androula Vassiliou to give this matter serious consideration." Críoch

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