Written answers

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Common Agricultural Policy

Photo of Marian HarkinMarian Harkin (Sligo-Leitrim, Independent)
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63. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider restarting the internal convergence mechanism during the transition period for 2022 given the CAP Budget and a minimum convergence of 85% has been agreed. [38457/21]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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The Regulation regarding the transition period enables EU Member States to continue convergence during the transition period, if they so wish. In order to provide for stability, some certainty for farmers and consultation on CAP measures, Ireland chose to rest convergence during the transitional period (2021-22).

This rest period provided some time for consultation with farmers and their representative bodies on this important issue, along with some much-needed stability in direct payments through the transitional period.

It is my intention to consult with farm organisations for the second transition year of 2022 as well as for the next CAP programme to further consider how to continue the convergence process. This engagement will take place over the coming months in order to make a timely decision for the 2022 period and beyond.

The CAP regulations commencing in 2023 will continue with the convergence process to far beyond the original proposal, and I am committed to obtaining the best outcome for all Irish farmers from the options available.


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