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Ireland’s CAP plan approved by European Commission

The European Commission has approved Ireland’s plan for the implementation of the new Common Agriculture Policy that comes into affect in 2023.

The plan had to be resubmitted to the Commission earlier this month after thef irst version was rejected last March.

Among the reasons cited by the Commission at the time was the need for Ireland to reduce dependency on fossil fuels to improve food security in the light of the Russian War in Ukraine.

The war had not started when Ireland’s plan was submitted.

The Comission also raised doubts that Ireland’s plans to protect the environment, biodiversity and improve climate action and asked for more ambition.

It said eco schemes that would pay farmers for sustainable actions might only result in modest gains beyond basic good practice.

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