Commissioner Hogan’s appointment – A major coup for Ireland’s Agriculture Industry – BREEN

September 9th, 2014 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Pat Breen welcoming the appointment of Phil Hogan as the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development said today (Wednesday) that his appointment is a major coup for Ireland’s Agriculture Industry.

“I would like to congratulate Phil Hogan on his appointment. This is a major coup for Ireland to have secured this highly important portfolio in the European Commission and is testament to the strong regard which Ireland is held within the EU.

The EU’s agriculture budget amounts to €60 billion, making up approximately 40% of the overall budget. Agriculture is fundamental to our economy and is leading Ireland’s economic recovery and this appointment is a great boost for our Agriculture Industry.

That is why this Government fought to secure the Agriculture Commissioner ship. There are a lot of important issues which will be coming up for discussion over the next five years which will impact on the lives of farmers across Clare and across this Country and it is important that we have an Irish voice at the heart of these discussions.

While it is important to emphasise that Commissioner Hogan will be acting on behalf of the EU and its 27 Member States, it can only be a good thing that the EU Agriculture Commissioner will be someone who understands the Irish farming industry and its importance to the country as a whole.

Commissioner Hogan appointment has already been warmly welcomed by the various Farming Organisations and I wish him every success in his new role.”