Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (503)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

503. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans under the Common Agricultural Policy, Pillar 2, to compensate farmers who have lost out financially following the phasing out of the REP scheme and cuts to disadvantaged area payments. [30124/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 under which the current disadvantaged areas and agri-environment schemes are co-funded by the EU is coming to an end. The policy framework for the next programming period 2014-2020 is under negotiation at present and, when finalised, a new Rural Development Plan will be put in place. At that stage, I will examine all of the options and opportunities available to ensure that the maximum benefit is derived from the funding available.