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Irish farmers will march against Mercosur deal at the EC offices in Dublin

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 08:26 UTC
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ICSA is focusing on EU Commission in response to what it says is the excessively weak negotiating position taken by Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström ICSA is focusing on EU Commission in response to what it says is the excessively weak negotiating position taken by Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström
President Patrick Kent said ICSA’s worst fears were beginning to crystallize with the Mercosur proposal which he said would be utterly disastrous for the beef sector President Patrick Kent said ICSA’s worst fears were beginning to crystallize with the Mercosur proposal which he said would be utterly disastrous for the beef sector

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) is to protest on Wednesday May 4, in Dublin against the proposed Mercosur and TTIP trade deals. The protest will take place outside the offices of the European Commission in the Irish capital.

 ICSA is focusing on the EU Commission in response to what it says is the excessively weak negotiating position taken by the Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström without any democratic mandate.

ICSA strenuously opposes any trade deal which would threaten the future of the Irish beef Industry. The protest will involve ICSA national representatives from all over Ireland and several hundred are expected to attend.

ICSA is urging all farmers to come out to fight for fair play with ICSA and the association says that all politicians are invited to meet the protesters.

Earlier this year, ICSA President Patrick Kent said the ICSA’s worst fears were beginning to crystallize with the Mercosur proposal which he said would be utterly disastrous for the beef sector here.

“Irish beef cannot be expected to compete on European markets with South American beef which is produced to a very different standard, where environmental damage is ignored and where labor standards and pay conditions are totally different.

“Import tariffs provided some balance, so any proposal to undermine these will be disastrous and the impact on Irish exports would be serious.

“It’s not just Irish farmers who will be affected; it’s all EU beef farmers. What is the EU for, if it is not for supporting a viable agriculture sector in Europe?”

“We want to raise awareness because we believe the politicians are not fully aware of the risks of TTIP, Mercosur and Brexit”, said Kent who added that the proposed 78,000t of beef on the table in the Mercosur deal as a “weak negotiating position.”

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  • ChrisR

    VOTE LEAVE!

    Otherwise this nonsense will be all the UK has to look forward to.

    May 04th, 2016 - 10:40 am 0
  • Jack Bauer

    What does the ICSA have to fear IF, according to Darragh (presumably Irish) on April 8th, Irish beef is of such high quality ?? If the Irish don't like the South American beef, they won't have to eat it, will they ??

    May 04th, 2016 - 05:18 pm 0
  • golfcronie

    Obama said he wants a trade deal with the EU ( all 27 countries or so ) Who in their right minds wants to negociate a trade deal with 27 countries all with their own agenda. I think the UK ought to leave as it is easier to negociate a deal with one county rather than 27.

    May 04th, 2016 - 05:24 pm 0
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