EU Farming Talks Fail to Reach Cap Deal



Naomi O'Leary

Negotiations to set the rules on how the European Union will dole out €387 billion in Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) farming subsidies and rural development funds over the next seven years broke up without agreement early Friday.

Two days and nights of talks failed to produce an accord between the European Parliament and European Council as national governments pushed to lower the amount of money earmarked for green eco-schemes and limit a move to share out subsidies more evenly among farmers.

“Unfortunately it hasn’t reached agreement. There will be more discussions tomorrow morning, but the Council finished this evening without agreement and it will have to wait now until the next time the Council recommences,” Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue said.

He added more work would be done in the “days and weeks ahead”.

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