Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins on January 1st 2013 and runs for the first half of the year. Leading agriculture journalist, Rose O’Donovan, met Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Food, Agriculture and the Marine, to discuss the Irish Presidency’s key priorities in the field of agricultural policy, in particular with regards to CAP reform.
– the schedule for CAP reform
– the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the CAP budget
– reconciling the dual mandate of: keeping Irish farmers happy and leading on CAP reform during the presidency
“If we don’t get a deal, we won’t have done our job properly, as a collective, in terms of the institutions of the European Union.”