ICSA protest over Mercosure and TTIP talks

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ICSA protest over Mercosure and TTIP talks

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) protested outside the EU Commission offices this Wednesday, May 4, due to the potential sell-out of the EU beef farming sector in Mercosur and TTIP talks.

ICSA president Patrick Kent slammed EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom for reckless concessions and claimed that the EU Commission has no democratic mandate to push for a trade deal at such a huge cost to the European beef farming sector.

"ICSA is particularly alarmed at the proposed concession of a 78,000 ton tariff rate quota (TRQ) in the Mercosur talks and the possibility of a similar offer on TTIP. All of this comes after the concession of 50,000 tons to Canadian farmers under CETA,” he said.

Meanwhile, South MEPDeirdre Clune has voiced her strong concerns at the implications of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations on Irish agriculture.

Her comments come as she attended a conference in the European Parliament on the impact such a trade deal would have on the European agri sector.