The new EU policy framework setting out the broad principles in relation to rural development for the 2014-2020 period has now been finalised. My Department has prepared a consultation paper in relation to the proposed measures for inclusion in Ireland’s Rural Development Programme and the consultation process with relevant stakeholders is currently underway. Following completion of the consultation process, the draft Programme will be submitted to the EU Commission.
The dates of introduction of any new investment schemes will be dependent on a number of factors, including the requirement to obtain EU Commission approval for the Programme concerned. It is not possible at this stage to confirm if specific types of farm buildings will be eligible for grant-aid under the new Programme.