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Minister Smith meets German Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, met with his German counterpart, Minister Ilse Aigner today in Dublin and had wide-ranging discussions on the future direction of the Common Agriculture Policy after 2013.  This meeting forms part of a series of meetings which Minister Smith is undertaking with his colleagues in other EU Member States to discuss the future direction of the Common Agriculture Policy after 2013 and to gain acceptance for the Irish viewpoint in these negotiations.  The Minister already met the Commission and his Polish and Hungarian counterparts in July and hosted a visit of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, to Ireland earlier this month. There have also been meetings at official level with the EU Commission, the European Parliament and a number of other Member States.

Minister Smith said he was very pleased that Minister Aigner had come to Ireland and that he had used the opportunity to highlight the importance of supporting and stabilising farm incomes in the future CAP.

After the meeting, the Minister said "We had a very useful and productive discussion. I conveyed Ireland's vision for a strong and properly funded CAP after 2013.  We also discussed the need to ensure security of food supply, sustainable management of natural resources and maintenance of viable rural areas. It is clear that we share a lot of common ground on the importance of supporting EU agriculture, the continuation of decoupled direct payments and market support measures and on the need for a vibrant rural development policy".

Minister Smith will continue his programme of bilateral meetings on the future of the CAP with a meeting with the French Minister LeMaire in Dublin later this month.

Photo for Press Release 184/10 - 12.10.10

Minister Smith meets with his German counterpart Minister Ilse Aigner today in Dublin

Photo for Press Release 184/10 - 12.10.10

Minister Smith meets with his German counterpart Minister Ilse Aigner today in Dublin

Date Released: 12 October 2010