McConalogue meets with CAP Stakeholder Consultative Committee

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue met the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Post-2020 Stakeholder Consultative Committee for the first time today (Thursday, September 24).

At the meeting, the minister provided an update on recent developments in the ongoing reform negotiations.

The meeting involved stakeholders from across the agri-food sector, as well as environmental groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academics and other government departments. The committee comprises 27 different stakeholder groups.

Speaking following the meeting, Minister McConalogue stated: “I really appreciate the time and effort that all stakeholders are putting into the work of the consultative committee.

The committee has a key role to play in ensuring effective stakeholder involvement in the CAP reform process.

During the meeting, the minister updated the committee on the German Presidency’s objective of agreeing a council general approach on CAP reform in October.

He advised that there are still a number of key elements to be agreed, and intensive engagement is expected at EU level over the coming weeks.

On Monday, the minister attended his first AgriFish Council of Ministers in Brussels, where discussions focussed on the CAP reform package.

During those discussions the minister called for a strong green ambition to be maintained in the negotiations, stating:

The new CAP must ensure better environmental and climate outcomes, built on a common baseline, while also allowing necessary flexibility for member states.

During his visit to Brussels, Minister McConalogue met with Commissioner designate Mairead McGuinness and a number of Irish MEPs to discuss issues relating to CAP reform.

The minister also held an important bilateral meeting with Commissioner Wojciechowski to discuss latest developments in the CAP reform process and in relation to the transitional regulations.