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Latest News January 2020

 

31.01.20: The UK is due to leave the European Union on 31 January 2020 on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement which was agreed by the European Council on 17 October 2019.

The agreement includes a transition period until at least 31 December 2020.

During this time, EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK and the UK will remain part of the EU's Single Market and Customs Union. There will be no immediate changes for citizens and businesses in their day-to-day dealings.

The EU and the UK will start negotiations on a new future relationship agreement which, if agreed, is due to come into effect from 1 January 2021.

More information here

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a7ba02-brexit-info/?referrer=/brexit/

29.01.2020: The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament. You can read more information here

29.01.2020:  The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., convened the Brexit Stakeholders Forum to discuss next steps in the Brexit process.  You can read more information here

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27.01.2020: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, delivered a speech following his meeting with European Commission Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier. You can read more information here

27.01.2020: An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Europe Helen McEntee TD met European Commission Chief Negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, in Government Buildings. You can read more information here

27.01.2020: Michel Barnier delivered a speech at Queen’s University Belfast. You can read more information here

15.01.2020: Speech by President von der Leyen at the dinner hosted by Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland. You can read more information here

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An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with EU President Ursula von der Leyen in Dublin

09.01.2020: Michel Barnier addressed the European Commission Representation in Sweden. You can read  his comments here

 
08.01.2020: President von der Leyen spoke at the London School of Economics on 'Old friends, new beginnings: building another future for the EU-UK partnership.' You can read her full comments here

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European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen and European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier at the London School of Economics
 
08.01.2020: Ursula von der Leyen European Commission President and Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in London. You can read more information here

 

29 October: European Council adopts decision to extend the period under Article 50

The European Council has adopted a decision to extend the period under Article 50.3 (of the Treaty on the European Union), in the context of the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU.

The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties. You can read full EU press release here

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine hosted a a series of free seminars in Wexford 27 September and Cork 30 September 2019 on Brexit and the steps you can take to keep agri-food trade moving.

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Minister Creed at the Cork Seminar speaking to Jonathan Healy Moderator

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Department Officials on hand in Cork to register agri-food businesses and provide information on practical supports to get Brexit Ready.

30 September: Minister Michael Creed announced details of a new Scheme to support seafood enterprises to develop export markets and mitigate the potential effects of Brexit. You can read full press release here

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Minister of State Doyle addressing the Wexford Brexit Seminar in Johnstown Castle.

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Stakeholders from the Agri-Food Industry at the Brexit Seminar in Wexford.

 September 2019, Brexit: Practical steps to keep agri-food trade moving

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is hosting a series of free seminars in  Wexford 27 September, and Cork 30 September 2019 on Brexit and the steps you can take to keep agri-food trade moving.   Information on registration can be found  Wexford, on 27 September and in Cork on 30 September 2019.

Who should attend? 

Agri-food businesses of all sizes and their logistics companies, hauliers, retailers, importers / exporters, transport companies and representative bodies.

The seminar will also be of interest to businesses moving non-agri goods as it covers customs procedures for non-EU trade, the operation of the Landbridge and the range of Government supports available to businesses to get Brexit ready.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Information and practical support for businesses moving agri-food, animals (including fish), plants, and products of animal and plant origin
  • Information in relation to requirements of customs formalities for non-EU trade and how and where they apply, including import, export and transit formalities
  • Post-Brexit process flow for moving agri-food commodities and operator requirements vis-à-vis registration, documentation, advance notification etc.
  • What businesses moving agri goods through the UK Landbridge can expect – a French perspective
  • What steps businesses can take to ensure their goods move efficiently through the ports
  • State bodies and agencies will be present to provide information to help businesses to register as appropriate and/or avail of supports

The Department will also have dedicated Brexit information available at the ploughing championship in Ballintrane,  Fenagh, Co. Carlow from 17th -19th September 2019.

 

The Department has issued a Brexit Preparedness Checklist for Businesses moving Animals, Plants, and Products of Animal and Plant Origin. You can read more information  here

10 September : The Department of Agriculture, Food and Drink hosted a Brexit Seminar for the

                              Agri-Food Sector in Dublin Castle.

 

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Minister Creed with Tara Mc Carthy, CEO BordBia, Julie Sinnamon,  CEO Enterprise Ireland and Moderator Jonathan Healy in Dublin Castle at the Seminar Brexit Practical steps to keep agri-food trade moving

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Stakeholders from the Agri-Food Industry at the Brexit Seminar in Dublin Castle

 September 2019, Brexit: Practical steps to keep agri-food trade moving

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is hosting a series of free seminars on Brexit and the steps you can take to keep agri-food trade moving. The dates and locations are as follows: Dublin (10 September)

Wexford (27 September) and

Cork (30 September) 

The Department has issued a Brexit Preparedness Checklist for Businesses moving Animals, Plants, and Products of Animal and Plant Origin. You can read more information here

The event in the The Printworks, Dublin Castle on Tuesday 10th September will be opened by Minister Michael Creed and speakers will include representatives from both the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and from the Revenue Commissioners. A representative from the French Embassy will also be in attendance to discuss the operation of the Landbridge.

Who should attend? 

Agri-food businesses of all sizes and their logistics companies, hauliers, retailers, importers / exporters, transport companies and representative bodies.

The first seminar will also be of interest to businesses moving non-agri goods as it covers customs procedures for non-EU trade, the operation of the Landbridge and the range of Government supports available to businesses to get Brexit ready.

To attend this free seminar, register here

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Information and practical support for businesses moving agri-food, animals (including fish), plants, and products of animal and plant origin
  • Information in relation to requirements of customs formalities for non-EU trade and how and where they apply, including import, export and transit formalities
  • Post-Brexit process flow for moving agri-food commodities and operator requirements vis-à-vis registration, documentation, advance notification etc.
  • What businesses moving agri goods through the UK Landbridge can expect – a French perspective
  • What steps businesses can take to ensure their goods move efficiently through the ports
  • State bodies and agencies will be present to provide information to help businesses to register as appropriate and/or avail of supports

Seminars will also be held in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Johnstown Castle, Wexford, on 27 September and in Cork on 30 September 2019.

5th September: Minister Creed chaired the 12th meeting of the Brexit Stakeholders Consultative Committee, which he established in 2016 as a vehicle to:

keep stakeholders informed of developments during the EU/UK negotiation process, and

listening to their major concerns and recommendations.

The exchanges have fed into the whole-of-Government approach to the negotiations, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The meeting included an update from DFAT on the most recent political developments.

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5th September 2019: The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD chaired the 23rd meeting of the Food Wise High Level Implementation Committee (HLIC) which discussed Brexit preparedness, the implications of a no-Deal Brexit for the seafood sector, and the findings of the Food Wise Innovation team and the Agri-Food Strategy to 2030.  You can read the full press release here

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Minister Creed with Secretary General Brendan Gleeson

and Department Officials at the Foodwise Meeting

 

  • What businesses moving agri goods through the UK Landbridge can expect – a French perspective
  • What steps businesses can take to ensure their goods move efficiently through the ports
  • State bodies and agencies will be present to provide information to help businesses to register as appropriate and/or avail of supports

Seminars will also be held in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Johnstown Castle, Wexford, on 27 September and in Cork on 30 September 2019.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, participated in the Agricultural Shows in Virginia Co Cavan on 21 August and in Tullamore on the 11 August.  Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine were on hand to register agri-food businesses and provide information on practical supports to get Brexit Ready.

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Brexit Preparedness Checklist

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine recently participated in Brexit Information Sessions organised by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation.  The three regional public outreach events were held in Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal during July 2019 and provided information for local accountants and small business clients. Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine were on hand to register agri-food businesses

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Minister Michael Creed with Department officials at the event in Donegal

 

Minister Michael Creed launched the third iteration of the Bord Bia Brexit Barometer on June 26th, 2019.  The Barometer gives us a measure of our industry’s readiness for Brexit.

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Minister Michael Creed at the launch of the Bord Bia Brexit Barometer

Week Ending - 12 April 2019 

The Department has sharpened its Brexit communications through a series of actions that include:

  • The issuing of National Statements on Government advice for traders of animals and animal products; plant and plant product; and food and food products.
  • The updating of the Brexit webpage to reflect requirements of stakeholders in all possible Brexit scenarios  Preparing for Brexit;
  • The establishment of a dedicated Brexit Call Centre (see below);
  • The issuing of focused Trader Notices to relevant stakeholders;
  • Increased activity in social media and the farming press;
  • Participation in public Brexit seminars, in collaboration with Revenue and FSAI; and
  • Active participation in the reconfiguring and updating by D/Taoiseach gov.ie/Brexit website;

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8 April 2019: Following extensive engagement by the Irish Government including direct meetings between Minister Creed and Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Commissioner announced that the EU Commission will intervene to support European farmers in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The support package will include a mix of measures including public intervention, a withdrawal scheme, private storage and targeted aid.  You can read full Commission press release here.

10 April 2019: Following a high level of engagement by Ireland with seven other impacted Member States (France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden) and working closely with DG Mare, including a meeting between Commissioner Vella and Minister Creed earlier this year, the EU Commission issued a Brexit Contingency Plan which sets out how fisheries would be managed in a No Deal Brexit.  You can read more information here

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Minister Creed with Karmenu Vella
EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

 

 

 

17 December 2019: The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD  met with the new EU Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius to discuss Brexit in Brussels. You can read more information here

 

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