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de Brún updates UFU on Lisbon Treaty

13 May, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has met representatives from the Ulster Farmers Union today.

Today's meeting is one of a series of briefings by Ms de Brún on the Lisbon treaty.

Ms de Brún said;

"Todays meeting with the UFU was very useful.

"I informed the UFU that the Lisbon Treaty is a bad deal for rural communities here and that the Lisbon Treaty is detrimental for farmers.

"Currently the EU Trade Commissioner goes to WTO negotiations with a mandate agreed at the Council of Ministers. The Trade Commissioner then returns to the Council who have to agree by unanimity to the negotiations outcomes. If the deal negotiated is a bad one for any country the government can veto it.

"This ability to veto decisions not in the interests of Irish farmers north and south will be lost with the Lisbon Treaty. Article 188 of the Treaty replaces unanimity decision making on the Council of Ministers with qualified majority voting (QMV) on trade decisions. This removes the ability to veto decisions.

"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, ní ar mhaithe leis an tríú domhan ach ar mhaithe le cluiche margála idirnáisiúnta.

"Tá impleachtaí móra bainte le seasamh s'aige, go háirithe ó thaobh Conradh Liospóin de." Críoch

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