Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (505)

Finian McGrath

Question:

505. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an agri-environment option scheme 2 application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30174/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

We are now in the final phase of the negotiations on the reform of the CAP. This week I am chairing the final meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers under the Irish Presidency, and I am seeking to achieve an overall political agreement between the three EU institutions that will shape the development of the sector over the remainder of this decade.

In terms of the future structure of the single farm payment system for Irish farmers - or indeed any other aspect of the CAP reform package - I do not intend to take decisions until the deal is finalised and the full outcome is known. I will then consider all aspects of the new pillar 1 and pillar 2 optional measures, and consult with stakeholders, before I make any decisions at national level.