A GROUP of Greenmount students were in Brussels this week visiting the European Parliament where they also met Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson.
Speaking after meeting with the students, Mr Nicholson said: “I was delighted to meet and speak with the group of Greenmount students in Brussels this week, especially as this year marks Greenmount’s centenary year. Like any walk of life young people are the future of the agricultural and horticultural sectors and it is great to get a chance to welcome the next generation of farmers and growers to the European Parliament and to hear the issues concerning them.
“There are a range of issues currently being worked on at a European level which will have a direct impact on the sectors that these students want to work in and I have enjoyed outlining my role in this work as an MEP and Agriculture Co-ordinator. Obviously the reform of the CAP is the best known piece of legislation but there are a range of other policies and directives involving matters such as animal welfare and the environment which are all relevant for agriculture and horticulture.”
Mr Nicholson added: “I thank those who have organised this visit and I wish the students well in their studies and future careers.”