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‘Simplification of the CAP is not simple’

‘Simplification of the CAP is not simple’

Simplification of the CAP is not simple, according to Professor Alan Matthews, who says that while EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil...

January 7, 2015

EU outlook for 2015 to be dominated by dairy, says ICOS

EU outlook for 2015 to be dominated by dairy, says ICOS

The first quarter of 2015 promises to be very busy from an EU agri-legislation front. As January looms, the new...

December 27, 2014

European Commission wants its money back, and €1m is from Ireland

European Commission wants its money back, and €1m is from Ireland

A total of €102 million of EU agricultural policy funds, unduly spent by Member States, is being claimed back by...

December 21, 2014

Further six Rural Development Programmes approved (Not Ireland’s)

Further six Rural Development Programmes approved (Not Ireland’s)

The European Commission has given the green light to a further six Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) for the 2014-2020 period...

December 17, 2014

Coveney calls on EU to use dairy market management tools

Coveney calls on EU to use dairy market management tools

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, has called on the Commission to consider all possibilities including...

December 16, 2014

First Rural Development plans approved by EU

First Rural Development plans approved by EU

The European Commission has today approved the first three of 118 Rural Development Programmes. EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner...

December 12, 2014

Some suggestions on how the EU can cut CAP red tape

Some suggestions on how the EU can cut CAP red tape

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has declared that he will drive forward a process of CAP simplification over the next...

December 10, 2014

Commissioner Hogan outlines his plans to cut ‘red tape’

Commissioner Hogan outlines his plans to cut ‘red tape’

The EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan has outlined how he plans to simplify rules and cut...

December 8, 2014

Potato industry pins its hopes on EU-backed promotional campaign

Potato industry pins its hopes on EU-backed promotional campaign

If nothing is done to promote potatoes, annual consumption levels in Ireland will fall to below 100,000 tonnes over the...

December 6, 2014

0% interest loans for young farmers under discussion

0% interest loans for young farmers under discussion

Among a range of measures currently being discussed at EU level to support young farmers is a proposal allow zero...

December 5, 2014

European Commission extends storage aid scheme

European Commission extends storage aid scheme

The European Commission recently voted in favour of extending applications for Private Storage Aid (PSA) for butter and SMP by...

December 5, 2014

Does the dairy industry need EU supports?

Does the dairy industry need EU supports?

With less than four months go to until milk quotas are abolished, calls are being made for the introduction of...

December 3, 2014

EU to reimburse Irish farmers to the tune of €27m

EU to reimburse Irish farmers to the tune of €27m

The European Commission is set to reimburse Irish farmers to the tune of €27,196,811, reinstating monies previously taken as part...

November 26, 2014

Rural Development spending plan agreed with European Commission

Rural Development spending plan agreed with European Commission

The European Commission has adopted a ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Ireland setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European...

November 24, 2014