The UFU, along with other UK Farming Unions, is part of the British Agriculture Bureau (BAB) and over the past four decades the BAB has developed a reputation as one of the most astute and well-connected of all farm lobby groups in Brussels.
Since 1973, when the UK joined the European Union, the rules and regulations on agriculture and the environment have come hard and fast. From the type of fuel you put into your tractor, to the size of your single farm payment. From how to tag your livestock, to which pesticides you can spray on your crop. Given this monumental impact on British agriculture it is essential that the UK farming unions are working in Brussels to shape legislation from its inception. Changing law after the ink is dry can be impossible.
The UFU's aim is to lobby these institutions to ensure that the concerns of farmers in Northern Ireland are taken into consideration during the decision-making process.
Maeve joined the NFU as a graduate trainee after studying at university in Dublin and London. She was the Water and Climate Change policy adviser in the NFU’s environment department for over two years and moved to Brussels in 2005. She has been the BAB Director since February 2006.
Main areas of responsibility: • Brexit • CAP & Rural development • EU Budget • COPA Presidium & Policy Committee • European Council • Communications & media coordination • European Council
European Policy Advisor
Main areas of responsibility: • Pigs & Poultry • Sugar • Seeds • Agri Science & Technology • Food Supply Chain • Environment Issues • Climate Change • Renewable Energy • Organic Farming • Plant Health & Protection • Young Farmers
Senior European Policy Advisor
Main areas of responsibility: • Trade • Animal health & welfare • Livestock • Horticulture & potatoes • Cereals & oilseeds • Fertilisers • Dairy • Food labelling, safety etc
Main areas of responsibility: • Assist with European Parliament issues • Assist with Communications • Project Work
Office and Events Manager
Having lived in Brussels for 20 years, Michelle has the expertise to coordinate all Brussels meetings and visits of UFU delegations. Before working for the UFU in Brussels Michelle worked in CEN for the European Committee for Standardisation, she also has a background in the creative arts.
Main areas of responsibility: Should be contacted regarding travel and hotel booking, farmer group visits, BAB finance & Commission Civil Dialogue Groups.