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IRISH RAISE SPIRALLING FUEL COST FEARS

IRISH RAISE SPIRALLING FUEL COST

Irish raise spiralling fuel cost fears. Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., is urgently calling on the European Commission to urgently examine and approve measures which Member States require to help alleviate the situation for the fishing industry caused by the Ukraine crisis.

The Minister said:

“In addition to the immediate humanitarian crisis, we will have to deal with the very wide-ranging implications that will be felt across the European, and wider global, economy. In terms of the impact on agricultural markets, we must continue to closely monitor the evolving situation, to ensure comprehensive and transparent sharing of the latest information. We must be ready to respond in a comprehensive and flexible manner, using all of the tools at our disposal. I look forward to a speedy conclusion of the Commission’s consultations on the proposed Temporary Crisis Framework for State Aid.”

On fisheries, Minister McConalogue has initiated a Ministerial debate on the impact of increasing fuel costs for the fishing industry. These increased fuel costs have come on top of difficulties created from COVID-19 and the impact of quota reductions under the Brexit Trade & Co-operation Agreement, which significantly impacted the viability of the Irish fleet.

“I am calling on the Commission to urgently examine and approve measures which Member States require to help alleviate the situation for the fishing industry.”

Other items to be discussed at the recent Council meeting included the enhancement of the potential of plant-based proteins in Europe, the use of bio-based fertilisers, the sustainable use of plant protection products and the impact of increased fuel costs in the fisheries sector.

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