Citizen’s Dialogue which took place Thursday 7th of February.
What is a Europe Direct Information Centre?
The Europe Direct Centre (EDIC) at Sligo Library is your starting point for finding information about the EU. The centre provides access to material covering a wide variety of topics, including:
General information about how the EU works.
Information about the various EU institutions and agencies.
The latest news about EU affairs and events.
Information about citizen rights in the EU.
The Europe Direct Centre at Sligo Library is part of a network of similar centres across the European Union, including 8 more across the Republic of Ireland. The Sligo centre is located with the Local Studies Library towards the rear of the building as you come in the main entrance of the Library
EDIC Sligo offers a range of facilities and resources:
A selection of free EU publications and brochures covering a wide range of EU related topics.
Free public computers to search for specific information about EU related matters.
Free public telephone where you can call the Europe Direct Citizen’s Helpline with queries on any aspect of the EU that are of interest to you: 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11.
What type of queries can Europe Direct help me with?
Enquiries about how to obtain an EU Passport.
Information about legal matters relating to EU legislation.
Requests for information on setting up a business in the EU.
Information about citizen and consumer rights in the EU.
Requests for general documentation on the workings of the EU and its institutions
“Irish organic dairy farming and the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030: a real alternative for conventional dairy farmers?” Wednesday 18th November 2020. Available to view on the EDIC Sligo YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpqxKFAF6lShw1SD1emrMUA
examines what challenges and opportunities exist for those thinking about changing to organic dairy farming.
The panellists are:
DARIA HAWAT a Policy Officer for organics in the Directorate for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission ( EU Food & Farming ) , who drafts and negotiates the new European legislation for organics. She also supervises the controls’ systems set up in the EU Member States.
GILLIAN WESTBROOK, CEO of the Irish Organic Association
the main certifying body for organic production and processing in Ireland, and she is the Project manager for the MOPS EIP-AGRI Project.
JOHN LISTON, organic dairy farmer, founder member and currently a director of The Little Milk Company
. He is also a board member of The Irish Organic Association and Chairperson of The Urban Co-op, a community based organic grocery in Limerick.
NIGEL RENAGHAN, Chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association Organic Project Team and Ulster/North Leinster Regional chairman. He is an organic suckler farmer based in Co. Monaghan. He sits on the Copa Cogeca Organic working party group. He is currently looking into diversification and opportunities for small and medium sized farms in organics.
The meeting explores the options for conversion from conventional dairy farming to organic dairy farming in light of the EU Green Deal and the EU Biodiversity Strategy. The EU Biodiversity Strategy aims to ensure that at least 25% of agricultural land is under organic farming management by 2030.
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