Reliance of family farming on off-farm income to sustain the farm business is both a strength and a weakness, MEP […]
Archive for the category: ‘Agriculture’
Since my election to the European Parliament in 2004 I have been a full member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee (AGRI). Like all committees of the Parliament members meet regularly and debate issues on our agenda. You can follow the work of the Committee and view its agenda here.
The Committee is responsible for the development and implementations of the Common Agricultural Policy, rural development, veterinary and plant health, animal welfare and forestry,
Arising from the Lisbon Treaty, the Agriculture Committee has a much greater say in the decision-making process at European level as â€˜co-decisionâ€™ means that the Parliament is equally involved with the European Commission and the Council. The Committee will therefore play a significant role in the reform of the CAP post-2013 and other policy initiatives anticipated in this legislature.
Issues of concern to individual member states about EU legislation can be raised at the Committee.
The designation of 2014 by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming is a golden opportunity to […]
Teagasc National Bioenergy Conference 2013 Dublin, November 8th, 2013. Keynote Speech by Mairead McGuinness, MEP Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group […]
It’s not very often that I get to address an audience of over 600 women in Ireland, or indeed elsewhere […]
Biodiversity and the protection and enhancement of the natural environment are key issues for the sustainability of agriculture and food […]
Some high-profile health scares, such as the recent PIP breast implants scandal that affected over a thousand women in Ireland, […]
16th October, 2013 Healthy Ageing Â By 2060, almost 30 per cent of Europeâ€™s population will be aged 65 years […]
September 17th, 2013 The first session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg took place last week. As an MEP for […]
A voluntary code of practice in the food supply chain to be launched today (Monday) in Brussels has been described […]