Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

GLAS Scheme Payments

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
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224. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when GLAS payments will commence in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47023/14]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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GLAS (the Green Low-carbon Agri-environment Scheme) is part of a suite of proposed measures under the new Rural Development Programme (RDP) which was submitted to the European Commission in July . The Commission services have recently notified us of their observations on the draft Scheme, to which my Department provided immediate and detailed replies. Discussions are continuing with the Commission, with a view to gaining approval at the earliest possible date. Once approval is granted, my Department will move to open the Scheme for applications.

I anticipate that between 25,000 and 30,000 farmers could be approved for entry to GLAS next year and it will take some time to process those applications. As with the introduction of previous agri-environmental schemes, payment in the first year of application (2015) will be on a part-year basis, followed by annual payments for the following full 5 calendar years.


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