Coveney suggests Pillar II funding will be under 47pc
The shape and funding arrangements for the Pillar II programmes of CAP will be decided before Christmas, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, has reiterated.
However, the minister set himself on a collision course with the farm organisations after he strongly hinted that 50:50 co-funding by the Government for Pillar II was extremely unlikely.
The minister's comments followed confirmation that final budgeted proposals for Pillar II for the period 2014-20 were only received by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform last week.
But the minister dismissed any suggestion that this would delay the announcement of the final CAP package.
Speaking at the ICMSA's annual general meeting in Limerick, he said there had been ongoing discussions between his department and that of Minister Brendan Howlin on a seven-year budgetary proposal for rural development and other Pillar II schemes.
"We've been talking to the Department of Public Expenditure for some time.
"The proposals are not going to be a surprise to them, it's not like we just produced figures out of the blue. It's been an ongoing discussion that started before the budget," Minister Coveney said.
The minister said the big decisions in terms of funding commitments had been taken and that farmers would have "a pretty full picture" of how the rural development programme will work for the next seven years before Christmas.