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Minister Smith launches Public Consultation Process on the future of the CAP

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD today launched a public consultation process on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2013.

Outlining the necessity for the deliberations to commence sooner rather than later the Minister said that funding arrangements for the Common Agricultural Policy are fixed until 2013 under the current EU Financial Perspective.  Currently there is a review in train of all aspects of the EU budget.  This will be followed by negotiations to determine the composition of the next Financial Perspective of the EU from 2014 to 2020, including the funding available for agriculture and rural development.

Parallel with this process, the 27 Member States and the Commission are in the early stages of considering the shape and content of the Common Agricultural Policy for the period after 2013.   Minister Smith said that a number of common themes and key issues are already emerging from these debates and they, together with discussions on the future EU budget, are set to inform the concrete proposals that will be tabled at a later date.

The Minister said that "for these reasons I have decided to undertake a consultation process with Irish stakeholders to obtain their views on what EU agriculture policies they believe will serve Ireland and the EU best in the years to come". As part of this process the Minister has invited interested parties to submit their views on the range of issues that arise in relation to the future of the CAP.

Minister Smith said that in order to facilitate consideration of this matter his Department has prepared an information note outlining the context, and some of the options and possibilities being put forward for European agricultural policy after 2013, and setting out briefly the views that Ireland has expressed to date.

Written submissions should be sent by email to cap@agriculture.gov.ie or by post to EU Trade Division, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Floor 6 Centre, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 marked "Submission on CAP after 2013".  The deadline for receipt of submissions is Wednesday 30 September 2009.

The consultation document is available on the Department's website www.agriculture.gov.ie. It is also available on request from EU Trade Division, telephone number 01 607 2422 or 607 2813 or email to cap@agriculture.gov.ie

Date Released: 27 July 2009