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Gildernew launches CAP Health Check Consultation

25 June, 2008


Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister, Michelle Gildernew MP MLA has launched a consultation on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Health Check proposals.

The consultation on the European Commissions' legislative proposals on the CAP Health Check opened on 25 June and will close on Friday 5 September 2008.

Launching the consultation, the Minister said:

"Although the Health Check is not being considered as a major reform of the CAP, the proposals from the EU Commission cover a number of significant areas, such as simplification of the Single Farm Payment Scheme, modulation, abolition of set-aside and the phasing out of milk quotas. It also proposes options to make changes to the model of decoupling."

: "It is essential that we put forward the strongest case possible to the Commission to protect our local agri-food interests when the proposals are finalised. Therefore, I am very keen to hear the views of stakeholders on these proposals as we prepare for the EU negotiations which will take place later in the year. I would strongly encourage stakeholders to make their opinions known to my Department over the summer months."

Notes to Editors:

  • The EU Commission published legislative proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy on 20 May 2008. The proposals are contained in Commission communication COM (2008) 306/4 and are commonly referred to as the CAP Health Check.
  • The consultation documents are available on the DARD website: www.dardni.gov.uk
  • Responses to this consultation should be sent to: Joe O'Reilly, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Policy and Economics Division, Room 810, Dundonald House, Belfast BT4 3SB. Or, alternatively by: E-mail: joe.o'[email protected] Fax:(028) 90524676. Responses must arrive no later than Friday 5 September 2008.
  • 5. Further information on the CAP Health Check can be found on the EU Commission website: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/healthcheck/index_en.htm

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