Breach of security at CAP talks, arrests

Three environmental protesters were detained this afternoon for breaching security at the Luxembourg building where EU agriculture and foreign ministers are meeting.

The protesters were targeting CAP Reform negotiators from the three EU institutions who were arriving for talks on its future.

The three people were removed from the Kirchberg conference centre without incident and were expected to be release later in the day. Access to the building during the meetings was available only to accredited staff and journalists.

Some 30 people representing environmental groups and farm organisations gathered outside as agriculture ministers began arriving for separate meetings.

One such organisation was Copa-Cogeca, which represents farmers and farm cooperatives. It urged the negotiators for a final agreement after three months of negotiations between the Parliament, national farm ministers and the European Commission.

Agriculture Minister Simon Conveney TD, who is chairing the three-party talks, said there were 25 issues that needed to be resolved before Wednesday, when he plans to present a compromise CAP proposal to the European Parliament in Brussels.

Additional reporting Reuters

Pictured: A demonstrator calling for a greener CAP outside the Kirchberg centre in Luxembourg on Monday. Photo: Sven Becker /Good Food, Good Farming