Ireland escapes LPIS-GIS fine as Sweden is hit hard

Sweden has been fined more than €76m for breaking the European Commission rules on land parcel identification that Ireland has been frantically trying to comply with.

The European Commission has fined member states more than €214m for breaking EU rules surrounding agricultural policy funds.

Almost €100m of the total fines handed down were in relation to the Land Parcel Identification System -- Geographical Information System (LPIS-GIS).

LPIS-GIS is better known to farmers here as the controversial 'digitisation' process that has caused significant delays in payments to farmers over the past 12 months.

However, the stringent application of the LPIS-GIS rules by the Irish Department of Agriculture has paid off, with Ireland escaping any fines.

Sweden fell foul of the European Commission's land parcel identification rules and was fined €76.6m for weaknesses in the LPIS-GIS, administrative controls and sanctions for area-aid expenditures, including area-based rural development measures.

The other big offenders included Italy (€70.9m) and Denmark (€22.3m).

Caitriona Murphy

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