The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney indicated last week that “very helpful” steps had been taken in respect of the CAP reform negotiations.
The Minister was speaking after a meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers in Brussels, where a comprehensive discussion on a package of proposals tabled by the Irish Presidency dealing with the difficult issue of how to distribute direct payments within Member States, took place.
“The package was informed by the desire to give more flexibility to Member States as they try to reconcile the generally agreed need for greater convergence in payments with the need to ensure that any new arrangements are consistent with Member States’ individual farming conditions,” Minister Coveney added. “Over the last few days I spoke of the importance of this Council to the overall CAP reform negotiating process and I am very pleased that my Member State colleagues have shown a readiness to move forward on the issue of how to distribute direct payments within Member States. Their evident desire to reach a compromise on one of the most sensitive issues in the CAP reform package was very heartening.”