EU ready to back down on the 2014 proposals
Published 27/09/2011 | 05:00
The EU Commission appears ready to change their proposals to make 2014 a reference year for the single farm payment (SFP).
The plan, which was included in the latest leaked document on CAP reform, has provoked strong opposition from Ireland and other EU member states.
However, efforts to have the measure amended ahead of publication of the draft CAP reform package on October 12 appeared to be gaining ground.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney last week launched a blistering attack on the 2014 proposal, labelling it "nonsensical".
He confirmed that senior Department officials had made a detailed submission to Brussels on the potential impact of a 2014 reference year.
Ireland has also sought support from other member states on the issue, highlighting the possible disruption and price distortion for leased land that the measure could provoke.
IFA president John Bryan held discussions on the matter with senior EU Commission officials in Brussels last week.
Mr Bryan said he was satisfied that the Commission was fully aware of the serious implications for Irish farmers if their concerns relating to the 2014 reference year were not addressed.