About: Simon Coveney

Brexit 22-02-2019

Ireland launches omnibus bill to mitigate ‘lose-lose’ of no-deal Brexit

Ireland unveiled its contingency plans for a ‘no deal’ Brexit on Friday, publishing an omnibus bill of fifteen pieces of legislation across nine government departments covering citizen's rights, tax and migration, and the education, healthcare and transport sectors.
Brexit 19-02-2019

Ireland expresses ‘frustration’ at Brexit uncertainty

Ireland's deputy prime minister expressed annoyance on Monday (18 February) at Britain's continued failure to ratify a deal on its orderly withdrawal from the European Union.
Brexit 04-02-2019

May will seek ‘pragmatic’ solution to Brexit deal in Brussels

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday (3 February) she would seek a "pragmatic solution" to a parliamentary impasse over the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union when she tries to reopen talks with Brussels.
Brexit 18-09-2018

Technology to unlock the Irish border conundrum?

Supporters of Brexit in London have hailed Brussels' embrace of remote, high-tech customs controls as a sign that EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is giving ground in order to resolve a stalemate on Northern Ireland that has held up a deal.
Brexit 07-06-2018

UK plans to stay in customs union until December 2021 under new ‘backstop’

The UK plans to remain in the EU’s customs union until December 2021 according to a new ‘backstop’ proposal unveiled by Teresa May, aimed at avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Brexit 14-05-2018

France says June is ‘ultimate deadline’ for Brexit progress on Irish border

A June summit of European Union leaders is the "ultimate deadline" to make progress on issues related to Northern Ireland's border, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday (13 May).
Brexit 18-01-2018

Irish negotiator says ‘challenging’ to bring effect to Brexit border agreement

It will be extremely challenging to give effect to the commitments made by the British government on the future of Northern Ireland's border, one of Ireland's lead Brexit negotiators said yesterday (17 January).
Brexit 06-09-2017

UK rejects Irish call for role in Northern Ireland rule

Britain rejected a call on Tuesday (5 September) by the Irish foreign minister for Dublin to be given a role in the running of Northern Ireland if parties fail to revive the devolved power-sharing government, saying it would "never countenance" joint authority.
Good Food March demanding real CAP reform, Brussels 2012
Agrifood 20-07-2015

Reformers call for new thinking on ways to finance the CAP

Under pressure from farm ministers and food producers, the European Commission is working to simplify agricultural rules that took effect this year. But some analysts say what the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) really needs is a radical change in the way it is financed.
Agrifood 20-07-2015

Simon Coveney: CAP simplification will ease the burden on farmers

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, was a lead negotiator of the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy during his country’s EU presidency in the first half of 2013.
Agrifood 24-06-2013

Farmers, green groups line up in final push for CAP

EU farm ministers are meeting Monday (24 June) for their latest round of negotiations on the post-2013 Common Agricultural Policy, under pressure to hammer out an agreement in time for a parliamentary vote next month. EURACTIV reports from Luxembourg.
Health 24-01-2013

Irish burgers are safe, Minister assures MEPs

Reacting to the furore over the discovery of horse meat in Irish beef patties, MEPs on Wednesday (23 January) called for stronger EU labelling laws as Ireland's agriculture minister defended the safety of his country’s meat products.

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