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Thursday, 15 July 2021

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Common Agricultural Policy

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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72. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he plans to publish a discussion document in relation to the CAP 2023-2027 before the public consultation process begins; if so, when the document will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37165/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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As the Deputy will be aware, at the end of June political agreement was reached between the Council of Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.

However, we are still some months away from the final legal texts as the European Parliament must formally sign off, with a vote expected in September or October. The Commission will publish the legal framework thereafter.

I expect to be in a position in the coming weeks to bring a Memo to Government on the matter, following which I will launch a public consultation on the draft interventions proposed. I will also be engaging in extensive discussions with stakeholders throughout the summer to hear their views, including through the national CAP Stakeholder Consultative Committee.

The Deputy should note that full details of the development of the CSP to date, including consultation documentation, is available on the Department's section of the gov.ie website at gov.ie/cap.

This is a critical plan for farmers and rural Ireland as we seek to address the climate and environmental challenges and support the viability and competitiveness of the sector and I want to ensure that all views are heard.


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