English urges Meath farmers and public to be part of CAP 2020 Consultation Process

Thursday, 25th January 2018

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD,
has announced his intention to launch a public consultation process on
the future of the CAP post 2020, and local Meath West Fine Gael T.D.
and Minister, Damien English, has urged all Meath farmers snd
interested members of the public to get involved and have their say.
Minister English noted that the Agri Food sector in Meath is worth
nearly half a Billion Euro to the local and national economy, and its
future must be safe guarded, especially in a post BREXIT European
Union.

A consultation meeting will take place in the Newgrange Hotel on
Tuesday, 13th February, which will be attended by Ministers Creed and
English, and Meath farmers are urged to attend that night between 8pm
and 10pm and have their say on the future of CAP. There will be public
meetings like Navan in other parts of the country also during February
2018.

The public meetings are part of a wider consultation process which
will be open for an eight week period from Friday 26th January 2018 to
Friday 23rd March 2018.

This consultation comes against the background of the launch of the
European Commission’s Communication on the future of food and farming
last November 2017. With legislative proposals underpinning the future
CAP expected in June 2018, Irish citizens and farmers will now have an
opportunity to have an input.

Written submissions should be sent by email to
cap_post2020@agriculture.gov.ie or by post to EU Division, Department
of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Floor 6 Centre, Agriculture
House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 marked “Submission on CAP post 2020”.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is 23rd March 2018.

A consultation document and blank submission form will be available on
the Department’s website [from the 26th January 2018] at the following
address:-

https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/

They will also be available on request from EU Division, telephone
number 01 6072183 or email to cap_post2020@agriculture.gov.ie

ENDS

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