CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

FOOD, DRINK & FARMING

Scotland's Food and Drink industry exports are worth more than £5 billion annually - that includes the 40 bottles of Scotch Whisky which leave our shores every second! But this remarkable success story doesn't happen by chance. It is the hard work of farmers, producers, processors, distillers, fishermen and many others that ensure Scotland is known the world over for the quality of our produce.

The European Union has the ability to help grow our exports, and ensure our top quality produce reaches as wide a market as possible. My role as an MEP is to ensure there is a strong voice for Scotland's food and drink industry in the European Parliament.

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Cod and Climate Change

19.12.2016.

Last week the EU set the fish quotas for the coming year and I secured passage of a climate change law through the European Parliament’s Environment Committee which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). Two, seemingly unconnected, events. Or were they?

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2016 EU Fisheries Council - Ian Duncan MEP Reaction - Positive result for fishermen

14.12.2016.

Ian Duncan, has welcomed the results of the annual December Fish quota talks in Brussels

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The Future of Environmental Protection in Europe

06.12.2016.

This morning I chaired an ECR Rural Economy Policy Group meeting on The future of Environmental Protection in Europe.

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EU-Norway Fish Talks

30.11.2016.

Most of the key quotas of interest to Scotland are set in the bilateral negotiations between the EU and Norway. The 2016 talks are underway.

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What does Brexit mean for European farmers

12.09.2016.

Examining the prospects for a mid-term review of the CAP and my early thoughts on what Brexit means for European farmers.

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Tory MEP Chairs Brexit Farming Session With NFUS Vice President

07.09.2016.

Ian Duncan MEP has chaired a session exploring what future UK agricultural policy could look like outside the European Union.

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Extension of Farm Payment Period Must Not Be Squandered by Scottish Government

08.06.2016.

Ian Duncan has welcomed the news that the European Commission will extend the period during which farm payments can be made without incurring fines beyond the current June 30 deadline.

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Statement from Ian Duncan on the UK’s relationship with the EU

01.06.2016.

The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will take place on the 23 June. I believe it will be a once in a generation, perhaps even once in a lifetime, event. The question to be posed in the referendum is straightforward, the answer, a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ However, the relationship between the UK and the EU is anything but simple.

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EU Referendum: Farming

01.06.2016.

The purpose of this paper is to consider whether membership of the EU provides an advantage to the UK in terms of farming and the rural environment.

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European Parliament Celebrating Scottish Gin

30.05.2016.

Delighted to have hosted an event in the European Parliament last Wednesday celebrating Scottish Gin! With a big thanks to The Edinburgh Gin, Tanqueray, Isle of Harris Gin, The Botanist Gin, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, Diageo, Spirits Europe and my co-host Dr Charles Tannock MEP.

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New Scottish Farming Secretary Confirms- Farmers Could Be Charged Interest

27.05.2016.

A letter from Fergus Ewing confirms that farmers could be charged interest on Emergency Scottish Government Loans

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Letter to Commissioner Hogan - My Concerns and Reccomendations on Greening Reform

24.05.2016.

Today I wrote to Farming Commissioner Hogan on my concerns regarding current Greening Requirements faced by Scottish and British farmers and my thoughts on where there can be reform.

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Speech to the Shellfish Association of Great Britain

24.05.2016.

Ian's Speech to the Shellfish Association of Great Britain Conference - 24 May 2016

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Duncan Presses for Resolution of Glyphosate Impasse

20.05.2016.

Ian Duncan MEP this morning met with EU Farming Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the ongoing impasse affecting the licensing of glyphosate, the herbicide upon which Scottish farmers depend.

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Potential EU farming fines must not hit Scottish farmers

19.05.2016.

Scottish Conservative MEP Dr Ian Duncan will tomorrow meet EU Farming Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the ongoing crisis caused by the Scottish Government's handling of the payment of EU farm subsidies.

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Peter Chapman is the man to represent Banffshire & Buchan Coast at Holyrood

03.05.2016.

Peter has already shown himself a ready champion of farmers. In addressing the SNP’s handling of the cod issue he is ready to fight for fishermen. Earlier in the year Peter was campaigning for the dualling of the A90. The Northeast needs a rural champion in Holyrood, and Peter is just the man for the job.

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CONSULTATION RESULTS - BIRDS & HABITATS DIRECTIVES

02.05.2016.

Whilst all respondents stated that the Directives have played a significant role in managing Scotland’s natural habitats and species, the majority view is that there is room for improvement.

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On the streets of Dumfriesshire with Oliver Mundell, the only local candidate

02.05.2016.

Oliver is the only candidate from the major parties to have grown up in the constituency, so he knows the issues well. He was schooled in Moffat and knows the local issues because he is local.

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Duncan demands public inquiry into farm payments shambles

28.04.2016.

SCOTLAND’S farmers could be forgiven for thinking they have been abandoned by the SNP government. Richard Lochhead, the cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the longest serving environment minister in Europe – as he is so fond of telling people – has presided over a payments fiasco which would make the Marx Brothers blush.

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Arbroath Smokies and Canvassing - In Angus with Kirstene Hair

26.04.2016.

Every Saturday morning when I was growing up, the fish van from Arbroath would arrive in Alyth. A queue would quickly form, and if were not near the front your chances of finding Arbroath smokies was slight; smokies always went like hot cakes. My last encounter with the delicacy was during the general election campaign. Out and about in Arbroath I discovered a smoke house down a close. I spent the rest of the morning delivering leaflets with a bag of fish dangling off my elbow.

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On the Campaign (and whisky) trail in Moray

24.04.2016.

The drive from Inverness to Forres takes you through some of the best farmland in Scotland. Fine seed potatoes are grown in Moray. Fine barley too. I always think that barley is best enjoyed in whisky form, and where better to enjoy it than Moray, home to more distilleries than anywhere else on the planet. Macallan, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Aberlour; if you want a fine dram, Moray’s for you!

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Talking Farming (and campaigning) in the Highland Capital

23.04.2016.

Inverness is the most northerly city of the Kingdom, the capital of the Highlands and a tourist mecca. I can attest to the latter; almost a quarter of those I canvassed on the High Street haled from far flung quarters.

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Today my question to you is what can be done to make the CAP better?

06.04.2016.

Today my question to you is what can be done to make the CAP better? First Published, Press and Journal, 2nd April 2016

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CALLING FOR FISHING AND FARMING VIEWS ON EU REFORM

08.03.2016.

Dr Ian Duncan is asking fishermen and farmers to tell him how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can be reformed as part of the Prime Minister´s renegotiation deal.

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Succesful CAP Debate Hosted in Parliament

01.03.2016.

ECR Rural Economy Policy Group, chaired by Ian Duncan MEP, hears from Commission and Council on Climate Change and Agriculture, CAP Reform and a possible investigation by the Commission into Scottish Government Farm Payment Crisis.

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Seafood Fraud – When you ask for haddock, let’s make sure you get haddock”

25.02.2016.

At the end of last year a seafood scandal broke in Brussels. An organisation by the name of Oceana went deep undercover. The organisations operatives gathered DNA samples from 280 fish dishes being offered by Brussels leading restaurants (as well as the canteens of the three EU institutions). The purpose of the investigation was simple: was the fish on the menu actually the fish that arrived on the plate?

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Commisioner Hogan Responds to Scottish Farm Payment Debacle

11.02.2016.

Commisioner Hogan admits, "I would like to see all farmers, whether in Scotland or elsewhere, paid as quickly as possible."

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Lochhead has lost his grip on farm payments

02.02.2016.

The Scottish Government has admitted thousands of farmers are going to have to wait even longer to receive vital payments.

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