Commenting on the re-appointment of Phil Hogan as Ireland’s EU Commissioner, the President of ICMSA, Mr. Pat McCormack said, that whatever portfolio Commissioner Hogan receives in the new EU Commission, he must ensure that the key challenges faced by EU farmers and in particular Brexit, Mercusor, Climate Change and CAP Post 2020 become central priorities for the new EU Commission.
Farmers are rightly and justifiably concerned that big business appears to dominate the EU agenda and all other aspects including farming are secondary priorities. The Mercusor agreement is a case in point and ICMSA believes that the new EU Commission will simply have to review its position on Mercusor, will have to set down strict and clear procedures on all EU food imports and will once and for all ensure that EU farmers are only competing with produce that meets the same standards of EU produce. On Brexit, farmers have been losing heavily since 2018 and these ongoing losses will simply have to be addressed in the interests of fairness.
The upcoming period is one in which we will face enormous challenges and farmers expect and hope that our Commissioner will defend our position vigorously in the context of all these challenges, concluded Mr. McCormack.
ENDS. 09 July 2019
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