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Wales’ voice loud and clear in Europe

Representing the needs of Wales in Europe, Alun Davies, Deputy Minister for Agriculture Fisheries, Food and European Programmes, will attend the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels today.
Monday 19 March 2012

Speaking ahead of the meeting the Deputy Minister said:

"Attending the Agriculture and Fisheries Council is vital to ensuring that Wales’s voice is being heard both throughout the UK and in Europe."

"Last month, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, spoke publicly about the proposed greening elements of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform.

"He reassured farmers from all over the UK that a way will be found to appropriately recognise efforts made under agri-environmental schemes while not removing incentives to do more.

"He went on to recognise the concerns of the Welsh farming industry about the transition from historically based payments to area based payments.

"These are key issues for Wales and his comments prove that our discussions in Brussels have led to consideration and deliberation of the position and issues concerning our farming industry, 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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