Thursday, 7 November 2019
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
173. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the 2020 allocation to the BEEP scheme; if additional measures to the existing scheme will be added; the process involved; and if approval from the European Commission has been sought in this regard. [45866/19]
174. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the European Commission has been contacted regarding adding measures or introducing new schemes to give effect to the €40 million for targeted supports for the beef sector announced in budget 2020. [45867/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 173 and 174 together.
In Budget 2020, I have provided almost €85 million in targeted schemes to support sustainable beef farming. This includes almost €45 million for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP), and a further €40 million for targeted supports.
This €40 million allocation will be from exchequer funds, and it is envisaged that supports will be provided in accordance with agriculture de minimis State Aid provisions. Further details on these targeted supports will be announced following the appropriate stakeholder consultation.