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Citizens Dialogue at Nenagh Library

Monday, 10th September, 2018 9:00am
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Citizens Dialogue at Nenagh Library

Clodagh Cavanagh, MD of Abbey Machinery

Citizens Dialogue at Nenagh Library

Clodagh Cavanagh, MD of Abbey Machinery

Nenagh Library will host the second of its talks, ‘Irish Food and Farming in a Changing Europe’ on Thursday, September 13th, at 7pm  as part of the library’s  EDIC (Europe Direct Information Contact) programme of events for 2018. Gerard Kiely, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland will speak about the challenges facing the EU. He will seek to underline the importance of EU supporters being more vocal in countering Euro-scepticism, reminding participants that a strong and progressive EU is crucial for the future wellbeing of Ireland. Speaking ahead of the meeting, he noted that "recent European Commission proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) would safeguard funding for agriculture to 2027 and help farmers contribute towards climate and environmental objectives.’’
 
With farming and food production Ireland’s largest indigenous sector, supporting 300,000 jobs and contributing €26bn in turnover to the national economy, the EU's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) continues to shape the direction of food production in Ireland. Changes to the CAP are taking place, with increased environmental ambition, changes to direct payments and greater autonomy to Member States. Thomas Ryan, Senior Policy Executive, Irish Farmers' Association, will discuss these changes and challenges for Ireland in the current CAP negotiations.
 
"Irish Food and Farming in a Changing Europe", should be of interest to anyone involved in agri-business in Ireland. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion which will include Ms. Clodagh Cavanagh, MD of Abbey Machinery and Mr. Conor Ryan, CEO of Arrabawn Co-operative Society Ltd.
 
This is a Citizens Dialogue, hosted by Nenagh Library as part of their EDIC Programme of Events 2018. Nenagh Library is a Europe Direct Information Contact for Counties Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Kerry.
 
 
What is a Citizens Dialogue?
 
Citizens' Dialogues offer the European Commission a chance to engage with the citizens of the member states, in the form of public debates, with a question and answer session, held in towns and cities throughout the Union. They are meant to be a an opportunity for the public to ask questions of EU politicians (from European Commissioners and other EU decision-makers, such as members of the European Parliament, national, regional and local politicians) and to inform policy makers as to how EU policies affect them, as well as giving the public the opportunity to share their ideas on the future of Europe. The sessions are free to attend and many are broadcast live online. You can also join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #EUdialogues.

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