Urgency on CAP reform required – Martina Anderson MEP
Martina Anderson MEP has stressed the urgency to make progress on CAP reform.
Speaking from Brussels, the Sinn Féin MEP said:
"Despite the optimism of Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, it is looking increasingly difficult for the Irish Presidency to achieve its goal of concluding the CAP reform under their mandate.
"Feedback from this week's informal Agricultural Council has shown that there are still many areas, such as capping and convergence, in which Council and Parliament disagree, this in addition to the growing displeasure from the farming unions is cause for concern.
"As the negotiations continue, many in the EU parliament feel there is little good will coming from the Council, who refuse to compromise on many core issues, such as flexibility. This could lead to the negotiations stagnating, and becoming even more complex and technical, which would be very dangerous at this point in time.
"I and many others will be waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the June meetings; many are still relying on a package being presented for agreement at this meeting. Failure to reach agreement would be a severe blow to the whole process.”