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Larger EU budget called for – ‘to protect some EU regions’

Larger EU budget called for – ‘to protect some EU regions’

Comments that EU budgetary resources need to be strengthened beyond the current levels, made by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker,...

January 9, 2018

Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan finalised

Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan finalised

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan has been finalised today, the European Commission has confirmed. The successful...

December 8, 2017

CAP 2020: More responsibility for member states, but power still lies with the commission

CAP 2020: More responsibility for member states, but power still lies with the commission

This morning a number of proposals were revealed in the EU’s much-anticipated White Paper that will guide Common Agricultural Policy...

November 29, 2017

Concerns over potential EU SMP intervention change

Concerns over potential EU SMP intervention change

Reports that the 2018 intervention for skimmed milk powder will be via tender rather than the current regulation price of...

November 14, 2017

‘Hogan and Creed must stand firm in Mercosur talks’

‘Hogan and Creed must stand firm in Mercosur talks’

Irish beef farmers are depending on EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and the Minister for Agriculture,...

September 28, 2017

‘Unacceptable’ – Ireland omitted from 70% advance payment countries

‘Unacceptable’ – Ireland omitted from 70% advance payment countries

The EU Commission has omitted Ireland from its list of member states permitted to make a 70% advance BPS/Greening payment....

September 5, 2017

Bayer’s Monsanto takeover to be investigated by EU Commission

Bayer’s Monsanto takeover to be investigated by EU Commission

German multinational giant Bayer has confirmed earlier today that the European Commission has initiated a ‘Phase II investigation’ of its...

August 22, 2017

EU agricultural policy ‘should prioritise support of farmers’

EU agricultural policy ‘should prioritise support of farmers’

The main aim of EU agricultural policy should be to help farmers and to protect the environment, according to the...

July 10, 2017

ANC uplands specific category ‘an option’ for authorities

ANC uplands specific category ‘an option’ for authorities

An uplands specific category within the new ANC (Area Of Natural Constraint) review is both “technically and legally possible,” according...

May 29, 2017

EU Commission to restart talks on glyphosate re-authorisation

EU Commission to restart talks on glyphosate re-authorisation

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has welcomed the European Commission’s plan to re-authorise glyphosate for ten years. The European Commission...

May 23, 2017

€25m increase to ANC given the ‘go ahead’ from Brussels

€25m increase to ANC given the ‘go ahead’ from Brussels

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Rural Development Chair Joe Brady has said he has received confirmation from the European Commission...

May 16, 2017

Majority of contributors to CAP debate ‘not involved in farming’

Majority of contributors to CAP debate ‘not involved in farming’

The vast majority of respondents to the European Commission’s consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) were...

May 9, 2017

EU blocks imports from 4 Brazilian meat plants, as crisis unfolds

EU blocks imports from 4 Brazilian meat plants, as crisis unfolds

The EU Commission has asked the Brazilian government to stop all meat consignments from companies highlighted in that country’s ‘rotten...

March 21, 2017

Why not play Brussels at its own game?

Why not play Brussels at its own game?

The European Commission is telling the world that its milk reduction scheme has worked, so why not get Brussels to...

March 20, 2017

European bird flu outbreaks ‘shouldn’t worry’ Irish poultry producers

European bird flu outbreaks ‘shouldn’t worry’ Irish poultry producers

Irish poultry producers shouldn’t be worried about recent outbreaks of bird flu across Europe, according to the Chairman of the...

November 12, 2016

Fertiliser report says import duties are costing farmers €1 billion

Fertiliser report says import duties are costing farmers €1 billion

An investigation by the EU Commission may be imminent after a report found that existing trade barriers are costing European...

February 29, 2016

‘The European Commission is working to create cheap loans for farmers’

‘The European Commission is working to create cheap loans for farmers’

The European Commission is working with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to make cheap loans available to farmers in the...

November 28, 2015

Time running out for Ireland to ‘opt out’ of growing GMO crops

Time running out for Ireland to ‘opt out’ of growing GMO crops

Ireland is running out of time to opt out of growing GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) crops. The Department of the...

October 2, 2015