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Ireland Forges Alliance With France On CAP & CFP

03 October 2011
Irish Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food

IRELAND and FRANCE - The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney met with his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire in Paris to build strong alliances in relation to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) negotiations.

Minister Coveney said that for Ireland to secure a successful outcome on both the CAP and CFP it is important to build alliances with other Member States.

"I am happy that today's meeting forges an even closer understanding with my French counterpart Bruno Le Maire. I will continue to take every opportunity to ensure that Ireland's concerns are fully understood and that alliances are strengthened in the run up to these negotiations".

Minister Coveney said Ireland and France have common objectives in terms of both simplification and flexibility in a reformed CAP. In relation to the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy both Ministers have a common understanding in relation to proposals on the important issues of transferability of quotas and the question of discards.

The Minister also took the opportunity to discuss the evolution of the dairy in the run up to the abolition of milk quotas.

The ministers recalled their commitment to the  European beef sector, continuing to pay close attention to the trade negotiations with Mercosur countries.

The two ministers also called on the Commission to consider the recommendations of the high-level group on beef convened at the request of 11 Member States in July 2011 in order to ensure appropriate market support as well as crisis prevention and management instruments for the beef sector in Europe in the framework of the new CAP.

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