MID-LOUTH MEP Mairead McGuinness has met with the British Minister for State for Agriculture as she leads the European People Party’s negotiations on CAP reform, the European Parliament’s biggest political grouping,
“The work is difficult and challenging and requires meetings with the many member states. There is a need to fully understand the current situation of each member state and work towards a common solution to difficulties arising.
“I am glad to have taken on this challenge. The EPP group is the largest in the European Parliament, but, we will need to work with other political groups to get a final agreement,” she said.
“My work requires building alliances with colleagues in the EPP and in other political groups based on a shared understanding of the situation of EU agriculture and food production.
“I am particularly aware of the problems facing newer member states and their concern about the distribution of payments.
Recently, Ms McGuinness visited the water quality monitoring equipment on the river Dee at Dunleer.