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  • ICOS Pre-Budget Submission Addresses Key Issues of Market Volatility and Environmental Sustainability | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    introduction of tax relief similar to existing R D tax credit guidelines with the specific aim of supporting best practice in environmental sustainability Agri taxation measures related to the long term leasing of land and collaborative farming options should be kept under constant review and updated appropriately A new system of tax collection should be established for non executive committee members separate to the payroll system The introduction of an audit exemption for small co ops with similar conditions which are presently available to small privately owned companies The swift implementation of incentives for the installation of renewable heat and electricity technologies Please view the ICOS Pre Budget Submission at the following link http www icos ie wp content uploads 2013 12 August 2015 ICOS Pre Budget Submission 2016 pdf By Eamonn Farrell Agri Food Policy Executive Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home About ICOS Purpose Vision Who

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  • New Lobbying Rules for Businesses with more than 10 Employees | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    mentioned above on matters related to legislation public funds public policy or programmes and zoning or development ICOS hosted a briefing session on the legislation for co op secretaries in late July Aidan Moore from the Standards in Public Office Commission provided a detailed presentation to secretaries to help develop a clear understanding of the Act and its reporting and statutory obligations imposed on businesses We are continuing our engagement with the Standards in Public Office Commission with a view to finding workable and practical solutions on issues related to EU legislation trade agreements and market commercial information From 1 st September if your business engages in a lobbying activity you will need to record the communication with a public official through the online register The 21 st January 2016 is the deadline for filing the first return for the period 01 September to 31 December 2015 Should you have any questions or queries concerning the Regulation of Lobbying Act and its implications please contact ICOS staff member Eamonn Farrell at eamonn farrell icos ie or 01 613 1343 By Eamonn Farrell Agri Food Policy Executive Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January

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  • Food Wise 2025 Environmental Analysis | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    85 to 19 billion Increasing value added in the agri food fisheries and wood products sector by 70 to in excess of 13 billion Increasing the value of Primary Production by 65 to almost 10 billion The creation of an additional 23 000 direct jobs in the agri food sector across the supply chain from primary production to high valued added product development Please view the ICOS written submission at the following link http www icos ie wp content uploads 2013 12 August 2015 ICOS Submission re Food Wise 2025 EA Report pdf By Eamonn Farrell Agri Food Policy Executive Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home About ICOS Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values A proud tradition Sir Horace Plunkett ICOS and the co operative movement Governance Board of Directors Sub Committees Locations Our People Facilitated by ICOS People profiles Our Members Introduction Dairy

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  • ICOS attends briefing on TTIP from EU Ambassador, David O’Sullivan | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    will be a two way street The US is interested in selling more of its agricultural commodities such as maize and soy While EU exports to the US are mostly higher value food products including dairy For example Kerrygold is the leading imported butter brand and Irish co ops are making major strides with cheese and other dairy products at the premium end of the market As such the removal of trade barriers are of considerable importance when you consider that some dairy products are subject to tariffs of 100 O Sullivan was unequivocal in relation to hormone fed beef He stated that there is no question of the EU reducing its regulatory standards in this regard Referring to beef he also stated that the EU does not envisage full liberalisation of sensitive products and this has been made clear to the US from the beginning of negotiations Last but not least TTIP will be subject to a rigorous approval process once negotiations eventually finish between the EU and the US TTIP will require the unanimous approval by the EU s 28 Member States at Council level the approval of the European Parliament and ratification by the Parliaments of each EU Member State From day one ICOS has closely monitored the progression of TTIP through our Brussels based representative Moreover ICOS is an official stakeholder recognised in the trade rounds and we attend the various civil society meetings on a regular basis presenting the views of our co operative membership on all aspects of TTIP both positive and negative By Eamonn Farrell Agri Food Policy Executive Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An

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  • September | 2015 | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education Skills ICOS Reaction to the EU Commission Announcement of Measures to Support European Farmers Co operatives Posted on 8 Sep 2015 Martin Keane President of ICOS Irish Co operative Organisation Society Ltd cautiously welcomed the announcement today from the European Commission of a 500 million package of measures to support European farmers and co operatives He welcomed the fact that many ideas put forward by ICOS in the lead up to the package were taken up Mr Keane and ICOS Dairy Committee Chairman Jerry Long also met with Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and his team last week on the issues involved Much of the detail still needs to be worked out particularly in relation to the enhanced Storage Aid Scheme for Skim Milk Powder focussing on higher aid levels and the adjustment of storage periods However the amended Scheme if working correctly could help to remove additional product from the market until the expected recovery happens Reacting to proposals around the Income Stabilisation tool as well as the proposed strengthening of the European Milk Market Observatory Mr Keane said that while these measures are long term measures they could be utilised to develop a European Dairy Futures Market necessary to effectively deal with cyclical market downturns He said the High Level Group to be established should also focus on this Unfortunately dairy market volatility looks to be an ongoing feature of dairy markets We need to be in a position whereby we can offer farmers the opportunity to lock into a milk price at a sustainable and acceptable level It s unfortunate that EU market supports aren t able to underpin that offering and so we will need to look to utilise all the other structures on offer to develop it The co operative model is ideally placed to help facilitate this said Martin Keane However he expressed disappointment at the failure to announce a review of intervention prices as either an emergency or long term measure as is provided for in EU legislation Markets are very susceptible to sentiment Mr Keane said and right now they need a strong message that Europe is prepared to act forcefully to help farmers Keane said that he very much welcomed initiatives to help refugees promote co operatives in the food chain boost trade and increase investment in the future through the European Investment Bank He said that ICOS would be watching closely as the detail of this package gets worked out in the coming weeks ICOS represents co operatives and organisations in Ireland including the Irish dairy processing co operatives and livestock marts whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of 14 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas Ends Follows ICOS on Twitter icos bxl Website www icos ie Contact Conor Mulvihill 0032 48 6160372 cmulvihill icos ie Tim Kinsella MKC Communications 353 86 813 7512 tim mkc ie ICOS Attend FarmAction Protest in Brussels Posted on 7 Sep 2015 An ICOS delegation led by Vice President Michael Spellman and Board Member Liam Williams represented Irish Agri Co operatives at the COPA COGECA farmaction protest in advance of the emergency Ministerial Agri Council Spellman said ICOS were using the opportunity to emphasise to the Commission the difficulties in agri market right now the extent to which the co ops have been supporting their members in the last 12 months and the need for decisive action by the Commission to address the market ICOS estimated that farmer owned co operatives have spent in the region of 100 million supporting prices for their farmer members since the imposition of the Russian Ban last year Spellman said While we in farmer owned co operatives are happy to support our members and have proven our intrinsic value in the food chain in giving farmers collective power and protection the millions of Euro we are spending supporting prices could be far better spent in areas such as developing new markets and research and innovation He continued Farmers are not looking for hand outs here but we are looking for support to turn around the market so our businesses can make a return Remember that European farmers this year are contributing over 850 million in Superlevy fines with almost 70 million of this coming from Irish co operative members and we are making the case to have a portion of this retuned to help stabilize the markets ICOS have been engaging very constructively with Phil Hogan and his Commission team as well as our Department over the last year to come up with workable solutions to help our farmers and their co operative businesses In terms suggestions ICOS have been looking for a suite of short and long term measures to help the market and allow farmers and farming businesses to return to profitability ICOS also very much welcomes any initiative being brought forward to use food aid to help migrants at this time of severe crisis Short term A more flexible approach to the operation of Private Storage Aid tool such as the re inclusion of cheese and adjusting timings of product entry and exit Superlevy funds collected should be reinvested in market supports including emergency intervention to address the market overhang caused by the Russian ban Early payment of a significant portion of this year s direct payments to aid the cash flow crisis at farm level Medium term Trigger the review mechanism of the CAP to increase intervention threshold prices to reflect higher production costs EU to redouble its efforts to further open third country markets including robust promotion measures Strengthening of the European Milk Market Observatory which can facilitate the development of a European Dairy Futures market This tool could be used by co ops on behalf of their members to

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  • ICOS’ 10 Point Dairy Plan to Help the Market | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    in time to address this current market situation none the less the instigation of the process would give a strong signal to the markets Direct payments to be brought forward to help with on farm cash liquidity Payment his year s farm tax bills be allowed to be deferred as announced in France to help liquidity Following two relatively good years in dairy markets many dairy farmers used cash flow rather than borrowings to fund expansion the cash was poured into stock or facilities but an associated tax bill will hit this autumn The European Union has to find a way to come back to reasonable trade relations with Russia where European farmers are not the victims of geopolitics The Milk Market Observatory needs to be strengthened to give better data for co ops and farmers to react to markets The world is still adding people at a rate of 80 million a year and ICOS believes that the current market issues are as much sentiment driven as it is supply and demand Even the New Zealanders believe the GDT is over emphasised and a stronger MMO can counteract this Invest Super levy Funds to Supplement the Hogan Fund EIB plan for Agri investment The Commissioner launched his plan to much fanfare before the summer for long term investment at farm industry level Super levy funds are an ideal means to bolster this fund for greater long term positive influence for European Agriculture Top up funding for measures like TAMS may be appropriate Longer Term Measures Assisting Farmers with Volatility and Risk The EU has to be more proactive in helping with the development of price hedging futures markets margin insurance and other risk management measures to ensure that farmers and their cooperatives are more protected Super levy money can again be used in the delivery of training programmes for same Strengthening the producer in the food chain through co operatives This dairy slump has shown the value of the Irish cooperative system with farmer owned businesses absorbing the worst of price reductions for farmer members with milk prices holding during peak production Both The EU and the Irish government need to back farmer training to be able to participate fully in their cooperatives as active members and Directors strengthening their position in the food chain It should be noted that in the UK some producers not in cooperatives are on B contract rates of as low as 7p per litre Further EU Support for Applied Dairy Research and Innovation to add value to Milk ICOS is currently working hard with like minded organisations to add weight and support to these proposals in advance of the September farm minister meeting in Brussels Legal note on the raising of dairy intervention prises for SMP Butter Under article 7 of regulation 1308 2013 the Single Common Market Organisation of the CAP the reference thresholds are laid out for intervention Art 7 2 does indeed state that while the Commission does have the

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  • Dairy Market Pain Continues | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    plus an extra 50 cents for each fully shared kg giving a total of 4 85 kg The 50c top up is an interest free loan which farmers will have to apply for A continued imbalance in supply and demand was the cause of the milk price cut from 5 25 kg MS to 3 85 chairman John Wilson said adding that Fonterra was uniquely placed to help its farmers because of its underlying strength This support is all about standing together as a co operative and using our collective strength to help our farmers get through these tough times he said The first payment will be made in October for June to December and will continue until May Payments totalling 50 cents per shared up kg over the season will be phased from October The support for the first half of the season June to December was estimated to cost up to 430m depending on take up rates and would be funded by one off savings generated by changes the business was making such as improving working capital The US All Milk price has been reported by the University of Wisconsin Madison to be 16 90 for June This price however is not low enough to trigger support under the Dairy Margin Protection programme as feed costs for the month have been calculated to be 8 74 per 100 lbs so the June margin is at 8 16 or just over the 8 that can be insured Since January of this year margins have hovered at around the 8 level resulting in little or no pay out to those farmers who chose to insure an 8 maximum margin By TJ Flanagan Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of

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  • ICOS Skillnet – Supporting Job Creation and Employability in the Co-operative Sector | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    not only within the co op sector but across all industries An opportunity to network and make new contacts Events will run from 09 00 13 00 at various locations across the country to include Roscrea Nenagh Sligo and Killarney Types of introductory training sessions being covered will include but are not limited to Interview Preparation Skills Career Development Basic Security Awareness Loss Prevention Communications Retail Skills Merchandising Understanding Health Safety Basic Fire Awareness Emotional Intelligence Presentation Skills Personal Effectiveness For Eligibility Criteria please visit http www icos ie skillnet information for the unemployed To register to attend please contact Breeda or Billy on 01 6131348 or on email billy goodburn icos ie The ICOS Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education Skills Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home

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