Sinn Féin MEPs vote against European Commission - Carthy reaffirms Commitment to work with Phil Hogan on Agricultural Issues
Speaking from Strasbourg today after the European Commission has been officially ratified by the European Parliament, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy said:
“What Europe needed in a new Commission was a change in direction. Certainly, across member states the people demanded change in last May's elections.
"The people of Europe want and deserve an end to the Austerity Agenda, an end to the conservative, regressive and undemocratic policies that underpin much of the character of the EU today.
"They want a social Europe that protects public services, that invests in sustainable jobs for our young people and reinvigorates the regions and rural communities.
"What is on offer in the new Commission is more of the same. This commission is representative of the old-boys club that is intent on continuing the socially regressive, undemocratic Europe that has become disengaged from the communities it claims to serve.
"Sinn Féin MEP's voted against the college because we want fair Europe in which member states work together on matters of mutual interest rather than the two-tier unequal EU that is represented by this commission.
"I have made no secret of my concerns surrounding the nomination of Phil Hogan as Ireland's nominee to the European Commission.
“That being said, I have always been firmly of the belief that the position of European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development is one that has the potential to be of huge benefit to Ireland.
“I am aware too that today is a proud day for Phil Hogan and his family. I would like to acknowledge that and I wish him success in his new post.
“As a member of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee myself, I am only too aware of the issues facing Irish Agriculture and I am committed to working with all stakeholders in the sector in order to ensure that the interests of Irish Agriculture are protected.
“In that sense, while I intend to hold the commissioner accountable at all times, I also hope to develop a productive working relationship with Mr. Hogan and I hope we can work together in good faith for the benefit of Irish Agriculture and Rural Development.”