EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan today (April 20th) stated that his top priority in the ongoing EU budget negotiation is "protecting the small and medium sized farmer who remains the backbone of Europe's food production and rural communities".
Ahead of a Citizens' Dialogue with 400 farmers in Kilkenny City, co-organised by the IFA and the European Commission Office in Ireland, Hogan said: "The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a European success story and I believe it represents excellent value for money for our citizens, guaranteeing them the best food quality and safety in the world and keeping our rural areas sustainable and attractive".
But he cautioned that "the challenge in defending the CAP is unprecedented this time around.
The European Commission is taking additional steps to further curtail the space in which terrorists and criminals operate and today proposed measures to:
- bolster the security of identity cards and reduce document fraud;
- provide law enforcement and judicial authorities with access to electronic evidence and financial information;
- further restrict terrorists' access to explosives precursors; and
- strengthen controls on the import and export of firearms.
"European Pages in Georgian History" is a photographic exhibition presented by the Embassy of Georgia to Ireland which will be on display to the public at the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays from 18 April to 4 May.
2018 marks the centenary of Georgia's independence and the establishment of the first democratic republic of Georgia.
- 18/04/2018 to 04/05/2018
Europe Day is celebrated every year on 9 May. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year...