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de Brún backs farmers' opposition to WTO proposals

17 April, 2008


The Sinn Féin EU Spokesperson on Agriculture, Bairbre de Brún MEP has expressed her support for farmers against the proposals being put forward by EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson in the forthcoming negotiations at the World Trade Organisation.

Ms de Brún said:

"Farmers see the current stance by EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson as a betrayal of the commitment made at the time of the 2003 reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. They are dismayed at Commissioner Mandelson's willingness to sacrifice the welfare of farmers and of our rural communities not for the sake of the developing world but as part of his international trade games.

"The implications of this are extremely serious, especially at a time when the Lisbon Treaty, if passed, will give the European Commission the power to accelerate it's current approach to international trade, and will make 'the progressive abolition of restrictions on international trade' a key aim of the EU.

"I support the farmers' stance against the WTO proposals. Many farmers have expressed their concern to me that if the Lisbon Treaty is passed the European Commission will have even more powers to accelerate these proposals.

"Feicimid ag cainteanna na hEagraíochta Domhanda Trádála mar atá an Coimisinéir Mandelson réidh le leasanna feirmeoirí agus leasanna ár bpobail tuaithe a íobairt

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