Ireland supports delay in implementation of new 'disadvantaged area' criteria
Ireland has supported moves by Austria to delay the implementation of new rules which will set to which farmers are entitled to payment under the Areas of Natural Constraint scheme.
The scheme which replaced the Disadvantaged Area Payment was due to changed by 2018.
However, as part of the ongoing discussion on amendments to regulations at EU level, Austria raised the possibility of extending the deadline on an optional basis.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed said this week that Ireland supported this proposal, with Latvia, Slovenia, Poland, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Slovakia.
He said refinements of the regulations have yet to be finalised, but he remains hopeful there will be an extension of the timeline.
“Whether it will be a one or two-year extension is not clear at this stage.
“I envisage there will be an appeals system which will involve consultation with and the provision of information for stakeholders, including farm organisations,” he said.
The designation of eligible areas under the scheme to date has been based on a range of socio-economic factors.