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Deputy Minister attends talks in Luxembourg

Deputy Minister for Agriculture Fisheries, Food and European Programmes, Alun Davies is in talks in Luxembourg from today, attending the Agriculture and Fisheries Council.
Thursday 26 April 2012

The Deputy Minister is attending Council as part of the UK Ministerial Team, along with Ministers from the UK and other Devolved Governments to strongly represent the interests of Welsh Agriculture in discussions on CAP reform.

Speaking ahead of the meeting the Deputy Minister said:

"Negotiating CAP reform is a very long process that requires discussion on several levels; within Wales, the UK and Europe.

"I am committed to making the Welsh voice heard in Europe, and will continue to do so when I attend Council in Luxembourg.  I will work closely with all administrations within the UK as well as leading the debate with the agriculture industry in Wales to shape a united Welsh position."

The agenda includes particular aspects of the CAP reform to be discussed such as capping and redistribution of payments, small farmers and young farmers.

Mr Davies said:

"The Agriculture and Fisheries Council plays an integral part in the reform of the CAP, and I’ve seen proof that the Welsh position is being given due consideration, which in turn will lead to negotiation and agreements producing the best possible deal for Wales.  

"I intend to continue speaking up for Wales and to strengthen this process as the reforms progress."

 

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