O’Neill successfully defends CAP budget allocation
Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today announced that discussions on the allocation of UK CAP budget across the regions have reached a successful conclusion.
~ Friday, 8 November 2013
Minister O’Neill said: “I am extremely pleased to announce that as a result of our strong arguments in defence of our allocation of the CAP budget for Pillar I and Pillar II, we have succeeded in retaining our historic budget share. The negotiations were difficult and protracted as Scotland was pushing hard for an increased share. When I met with my Ministerial colleagues from Britain at the start of this week, I made it very clear that we needed to bring this matter to a rapid conclusion. The decision has now been made and I have secured the outcome I was looking to achieve, which will deliver an additional €20million in support to the local industry between now and 2019. I believe that this represents the fairest possible outcome as the existing budget distribution reflects the nature and agricultural production characteristics across all of the regions.
“I have already voiced my disappointment that the EU Budget deal will leave us with reduced budgets, but as a result of today’s decision, the risk of any further reduction has been avoided. This provides welcome clarity on the CAP monies available in the north and now allows us to move on to decide how these should be best used for the long term benefit of the rural economy and environment.”
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