Coonan Welcomes EU Farm Deal
DEPUTY Noel Coonan has welcomed the seven-year EU budget agreement for Irish farmers which guarantees funding of over €1.5 bbn per annum for Ireland from the Common Agriculture Policy.
The North Tipperary Fine Gael TD said this deal was crucial for Tipperary farmers and will secure their farm payments into the future.
“This deal was hammered out following a strong argument by the Taoiseach in the European Council. An Taoiseach fought for our farming community because we understand that the farming sector is vital to our economic recovery,” said Deputy Coonan.
“This deal was reached despite fears of a deep cut to the CAP budget and consequential negative effects on direct payments. Fine Gael in Government has worked hard and the seven-year EU budget agreed by the EU summit provides clarity on EU agriculture funding needed to allow completion of the negotiations on CAP reforms,” he stated.
“My Fine Gael colleague and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has outlined that the next big issue for Irish farmers is how this money will be divided among farmers. As president of the Council of Agriculture Ministers, he will be making proposals on this key issue within the next few weeks and also seeking reasonable flexibility for Member States on how these funds are distributed,” said Deputy Coonan.
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