THE Ulster Farmers’ Union has described the Budget agreed today (Friday) by the EU Heads of State to fund the European Union for the period 2014-2020 as a real ‘mixed bag’.
This week the UFU Leadership team and Policy Director attended a special COPA Summit which was organised to coincide with these EU Budget talks in Brussels. At this meeting, around 400 farmer and Agri-cooperative representatives had called on heads of state and governments to maintain the current CAP budget post-2013.
Speaking after the agreement was reached, UFU President Harry Sinclair said: “We are pleased that EU Heads of States have reached an agreement following the aborted talks in November of last year. It is very important for the farming industry that there is stability going forward, the alternative of annual EU Budget negotiations during the next seven year period would certainly not have provided.