One of the parcels claimed by the person named in her 1999 area aid application overlapped with a parcel of land claimed by another applicant. The person named was contacted in this regard and in her reply clarified the position by including a map showing the correct position. This information has now been entered on to the Department's electronic database.
The person named claimed a total of 22.40 hectares on her 1999 area aid application. Following processing of her application an area of 21.72 hectares was determined. This represents a difference of 0.68 hectares or 3.13% between the area claimed and that determined.
Under Article 9 of EU Regulation 3887/92, no penalty is applied when the difference is less than 3%, the penalty is based on double the difference when it is between 3% and 20% and when the difference is over 20%, a 100% penalty must be applied.
Therefore in this case a penalty of 1.36 hectares has to apply, leaving the area for payment purposes at 20.36 hectares.