Irish and French farm leaders have agreed to work closely in the coming months “to influence farm policy” following bilateral discussions between the IFA and French farm group FNSEA this week.

COPA and FNSEA president Christiane Lambert and IFA president Tim Cullinan discussed the latest on CAP reform at the meeting.

The leaders said conditionality requirements shall not go beyond the current greening measures, with their implementation not taking into account the farms' agronomic and economic realities.

Calls on Commission

Regarding the eco schemes, presidents Lambert and Cullinan stressed the dual need to recognise farmer efforts and also create an incentivised approach.

“Both organisations will continue to work in Brussels and in their home countries to secure a CAP that recognises that farming must be a commercially viable activity,” a joint statement said.

“The CAP must underpin the income of farmers who make such an important contribution to their rural economy.”

Lambert and Cullinan called on the European Commission to commit to an analysis of Farm to Fork and biodiversity strategies.

The two presidents condemned the approach of the Commission to trade policy and reiterated their view that the Mercosur deal should be set aside.