EU Agriculture Committee Chairs to consider CAP, CFP and supports for young farmers

7th March, 2013

The Chairs of the Agriculture and Fisheries Committees from the parliaments of EU Member States meet in Dublin Castle this Monday 11 March, to engage with EU Commissioners and Minister Simon Coveney on the future of the Common Agriculture and Fisheries Policies. The Meeting  will also have a special focus  on improving access to farming for young farmers across the EU.

Under the chairmanship of Andrew Doyle TD, Chair of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the meeting takes place in the Conference Centre in Dublin Castle. Vice Chairman and Carlow / Kilkenny Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, will also attend.

Speakers include:

Mr. Dacian Cioloş, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Ms. Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs & Fisheries

Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Dr. Karina Pierce, Lecturer in Dairy Production – School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin

Mr. Laurent Frantz, Vice President, CEJA (The European Council of Young Farmers)

Mr. James Murphy, Agriculture Science Graduate and “Stephen Cullinan Scholar”

Local TD and Vice Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Pat Deering says:  “It is an excellent opportunity to meet with Commissioner Cioloş and Minister Coveney and discuss the current position in the CAP negotiations. The reform of the CAP is vital for the provision of safe, efficient and sustainable food production in Ireland across Europe and we look forward to hearing the views of our European counterparts on the most important issues facing them.”

“There is also serious concern on the increasing age profile of farmers in the EU, where only 7% are under the age of 35, and the need to attract young farmers into the industry. Innovative ideas on training and education as well as international policies on increasing access for young farmers will also be discussed.”

The event is the third in a series of eight meetings being hosted by the Houses of the Oireachtas during the six month Presidency, details of which are accessible on parleu2013.ie.  The Oireachtas Twitter feed @oireachtasnews will carry updates over the course of the day and a live