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Into the Irish tunnel?

EIRE HAS seized the CAP reform agenda by securing broad support for a compromise proposal that could substantially slow the pace of the transfer to area-based farm support payments.

Already dubbed 'the Irish tunnel', the concept has harnessed the hopes of Europe's farming unions, including NFU Scotland, who met last week in Dublin to discuss what Eire might achieve in its six-month Presidency of the EU.

For their part, the Irish believe that they can achieve a lot during their stint in charge – they have set out a timetable seeking to finalise a political agreement on outstanding CAP reform issues during March, which will then allow them to enter into talks with the Commission and European Parliament with the intention of agreeing a deal by the end of their presidency in June.

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, March 2, 2013)

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