Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, and Norman Leask from the Scottish Crofters Federation, met with officials from DG Sanco to share the results of a survey of Shetland's farmers experience with the EUD regime.
"The survey results were read with interest, but with scepticism that what we are seeing in Shetland is replicable across the EU," reported Mr Smith. "As far as they are concerned, the destocking that is taking place in Scotland is also taking place everywhere else, and while they expressed frustration at the shape of the market right now, they refused to link it to EID or fear of associated cross-compliance penalties but instead to other problems.
"The point was also made by them that there is only one Member State vocally complaining about EID and it is the same Member State whose Prime Minister David Cameron is frequently undermining the solidarity of the EU and voicing his opposition to every piece of European legislation, whether good, bad or indifferent," added Mr Smith.
"I think we eventually won the battle persuading them that Scotland is a constructive partner of the European Union but it is frustrating that we were on the back foot before we started and just shows the ill will that Cameron's negotiating tactics are creating in Brussels."