Written answers

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Basic Payment Scheme Applications

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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237. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment will issue under the areas of natural constraint scheme and the basic payment scheme for 2015 to a person (details supplied) in County Galway, the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45258/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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An application under the Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme was received from the person named on 15 May 2015. Processing of the application is currently in progress. On completion of this process, payment will issue directly to the nominated bank account of the person named at the earliest possible date.

EU Regulations governing the Basic Payment Scheme provide that a person must be eligible to receive a direct payment under the Single Payment Scheme in 2013 in order to qualify for an automatic allocation right to receive entitlements under the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme. The person named purchased entitlements during the 2014 scheme year but as he did not submit a Single Payment Scheme application in 2013 he did not establish an automatic right to receive new entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme in 2015.

My Department will contact the person named to obtain further information to establish what options are available to him to activate his entitlements under the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme.

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