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ICSA Concern over German Comments on CAP

Jul 8, 2016 | ICSA in the Media | 0 comments


The recent press release shows how ICSA President Kent expects the government to react.
ICSA president Patrick Kent has urged the government to become very proactive in arguing for the type of EU that Ireland wants to see emerge in the light of the Brexit referendum. Mr Kent was speaking following comments made by the German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel who has suggested substantially cutting the CAP and reducing the number of EU commissioners.

“There is every danger that various proposals on the future direction of Europe will now emerge, some of which will be very detrimental to our interests and some which will push the EU in a direction that Ireland does not want. We have to be proactive now in arguing for maintaining the CAP budget even without the British net contribution. We also need to highlight the reasons for unhappiness amongst farmers. 

“Many British farmers voted leave and the lessons from this need to be learned. Key issues are that while the CAP provides support, it also comes with too much red tape and it does not tackle the squeeze on margins.”

“A good start would be for the Taoiseach to immediately rebuff the comments of the German Vice Chancellor regarding CAP. We cannot wait for others to decide the future of Europe nor can we stand back from ensuring that the EU/ UK negotiations are sensitive to the special position of Ireland.”

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ICSA Beef chair Edmund Graham has criticised factories for attempting to direct the trade by pulling prices this week in order to fill their own feedlots. “Prices being pulled this week is a disgrace as there is no real justification for it. The average GB price (England, Scotland, Wales) has increased by the equivalent of 20c/kg excluding VAT since the start of August. Meanwhile, after a few weeks of improved prices, factories are attempting to drive Irish prices to a new low for 2023. This is not acceptable,” he said.

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