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Following on today’s rejection by the French Minister for Agriculture and Food of the proposed cuts in CAP, the President of ICMSA has said that “not for the first time” farmers throughout the EU will look on the French Government as their defenders and the ultimate supporters of the EU’s indigenous farming sector.

Mr. Pat McCormack said that the statement on the proposed cuts attributed to Monsieur Travert represented the kind of solid, principled and farsighted rebuttal of the Commission’s proposal that Irish farmers wished to hear and it was now incumbent upon the Irish Government to fall in behind the French position and signal to the Commission that the proposals represented an unacceptable and devastating blow to what was, in Minister Travert’s phrase, “the oldest and most integrated policy of European construction”.  Mr. McCormack said the French position effectively meant that the proposed cuts were ‘all to play for’ as an budgetary option and Ireland must now resume its efforts to convince the Commission and others to maintain the CAP Budget though increased Member contributions “if that is what is required”.

The ICMSA President also dismissed the idea that the cuts were manageable and would amount to five percent: “Respected analysts have estimated that the proposed cuts would translate to a cut in direct payments of up to 15% and their methodology is a great deal more convincing than airy pronouncements of the cuts only being of the order of five percent.  France has opened the door and – given the fundamental role direct payments play in our rural economy – it is up to our Government to step through that door in support of France and, ultimately, ourselves.”      

Ends        3 May 2018.

Pat McCormack, 087-7608958

President, ICMSA.

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Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office