Battle to secure 70pc SFP advance stalls in Brussels
Efforts by Ireland to get a 70pc advance in the Single Farm Payment (SFP) for more than 100,000 farmers appear to have hit serious obstacles in Brussels.
The application will go before the Commission's management committee tomorrow morning for approval.
However, Commission sources expressed the view that while a 50pc advance would get a favourable hearing, a 70pc advance could prove problematic.
A Department of Agriculture staff member accepted that "some concerns had been raised" in relation to the 70pc advance.
It is understood that the regulation on possible advances of direct payments specifically limits the amount to 50pc of the overall payout.
Commission officials also said a 70pc advance could cause "liquidity problems" for them given that eight member states are seeking early payment of the SFP.
Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Lithuania and Hungary have all applied for SFP advances.
In addition, the Commission is believed to be fearful of causing a precedent if they agreed to a 70pc advance.