Wednesday, 12 January 2011

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Pat Breen


831 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 312 of 14 December 2010, the reason an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare was not backdated to the 1 September 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48225/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

The EU rules governing the AEOS and Natura Schemes require that comprehensive administrative and validation checks must be carried out on all applications before letters of approval may issue. Natura and Commonage applications, which included a Sustainable Management Plan, required additional checks to be carried out in order to satisfy eligibility and audit requirements. These additional checks have now been completed and all Natura/Commonage farmers and a letter has issued to the person named approving his participation in the scheme with a start date of 1st November, 2010. It is not possible to make a payment to the person named for a period prior to his commencement date in the scheme.