The person named claimed 12.59 hectares of forage on a parcel of land that contained a gross area of 6.32 hectares. This resulted in an overclaim of 6.27 hectares or 99.21%. The claimant was consulted about the matter and he accepted the gross area of 6.32 hectares as correct.
Under EU regulations where an applicant makes an area overclaim of greater than 50%, no premia payments are made for the year of application. In addition, a forage area equal to the eligible forage area found 6.32 hectares will be deducted from the eligible forage area found during the three years following the year of application in so far as premia payments are concerned.
The area claimed by the applicant on his 2003 area aid application was reduced to zero in accordance with the regulations. Therefore, he cannot be paid premia for 2004 in respect of the first 6.32 hectares of eligible forage area claimed. His single payment entitlement will not be effected by the penalty.
The EU regulations governing the 2003 area based compensatory allowance scheme are somewhat different. Although the person named cannot be paid the 2003 allowance because the difference between the area declared and the area found exceeded 20%. He can be paid for the next three years if eligible each year under the regulations for such payment.