Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 September: EU stand at the National Ploughing Championships (Block 3, Row 12, Stand 265), Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
What is the EU doing for Agriculture and Rural Communities? Visit our stand at the Ploughing and find out!
Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, has recently made proposals for a far-reaching modernisation and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2020-2027. The proposal calls for an upgraded, strong and well-funded CAP to support the wellbeing of the farming and food sectors, while aiming to deliver real results for all Europeans, in a broad range of areas including the environment, climate change and rural job creation. Come and find out what these proposals would mean for you at the European Union Stand. Experts on the CAP have travelled from Brussels to answer your questions.
Engage with MEPs: Find out the latest news from Irish Members of the European Parliament and have your say in our online survey about the future of Europe. MEPs from the European Parliament's Agricultural Committee will be attending on Wednesday 19 September. The Committee's remit includes: the CAP, animal health and welfare, plant health, agricultural products quality, forestry and agroforestry.
Farmers' queries: This is a unique opportunity to get specialist information on all your farming queries. The European Commission will have experts on-hand to reply to your questions on the EU's veterinary rules and agricultural issues.
Participate in Citizens' Dialogue: Staff from the European Commission and European Parliament will be on hand to respond to your questions, queries and views about Europe, what it is doing for Ireland and where it should be headed.
Consumer Protection Advice: Find out what your cross-border EU rights are when shopping online, your EU air passenger rights, what happens if your holiday goes wrong, and more. We'll have para-legal advisers from the European Consumer Centre at our stand.
European Structural and Investment Funds: Discover what the EU is doing in your Region through the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. These Funds work together to invest in education, research, transition to low carbon economy, urban regeneration and job creation, contributing to a sustainable and healthy economy across the whole of the country.
European Movement Ireland: How can you influence the future of Europe, what has ‘cake’ to do with Brexit, and what is Spitzenkandidaten? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the EU from European Movement Ireland. Plus advice and information on working and studying in the EU, including job and traineeship opportunities in the EU institutions.
Funding for local projects: The Europe for Citizens programme gives EU grants to local projects like town twinning, cultural events and advocacy groups. Find out if your project is eligible – come and meet advisers from The Wheel who run this programme in Ireland.
Schools: A range of free material on the European Union - including books, brochures and maps - is available for teachers and students.
And Kids' Corner: Scalextric is back! Try our energy bike to see if you can pedal-power a Scalextric circuit with electric toy racing cars. Test yourself against the competition! And an interactive quiz for kids - the more you know the more prizes you get!
Further information about Irish agriculture and the EU is available here.
If you are not at the Ploughing and have any questions about the European Union, you can pay the website of the European Commission Representation in Ireland a visit: www.euireland.ie or call us on 01 634 11 11.
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