Disappointment voiced as
EU budget talks break down

Irish farming groups have expressed their disappointment after the breakdown of talks on the EU budget framework for 2014-2020.

Irish farming groups have expressed their disappointment after the breakdown of talks on the EU budget framework for 2014-2020.

ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin said, “It is disappointing that the talks have been suspended, and that they won’t recommence until the New Year.

“It represents a significant setback to achieving the right CAP deal for Ireland.

“It would be ideal to finalise the CAP reform during Ireland’s presidency of the EU in the first six months of 2013, but (recent) events mean that will be more difficult to achieve,” he acknowledged however he did stress it was important that the Taoiseach didn’t “agree to unsuitable Budget measures just for the sake of reaching agreement.”

IFA President, John Bryan, agreed stating that “no deal is better than a bad deal, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny must maintain the pressure in the ongoing negotiations to ensure that Ireland secures a full CAP Budget for the Single Farm Payment and Rural Development for 2014-2020.”