Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (61)

Micheál Martin


61. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the proposals he has made, if any, to reduce the level of penalties and inspections on farms and to increase the level of tolerance for practical farming issues under cross compliance as part of the current Common Agricultural Policy negotiations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29353/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Commission proposals on reform of the CAP have been the subject of negotiations at official and political level in the Council of Ministers over the past 18 months, culminating in an agreed Council position which was reached at the Council on 18/19 March.

The three institutions (Council, Commission and European Parliament) have been involved in the trilogue process of negotiations since early April and it is hoped that a final agreement can be reached by the end of the Irish Presidency. It is, therefore, not possible at this stage to speculate on the precise content of the final agreed package.

Question No. 62 answered with Question No. 57.