Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (589)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

589. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding a person's entitlements (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5699/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

As the Company named received the direct payment under the 2013 scheme year, the Company holds the ‘allocation right’ whereby it will be allocated entitlements under the new Basic Payment Scheme in 2015. The Company also holds the ‘land reference’ in that it declared land in 2013 and will presumably also declare the land in 2015.

The issue therefore relates to whether the person named or the Company named controls the ‘value’ of the leased entitlements. The status of leased entitlements and the issue of whether the lessor or the lessee controls the value of such entitlements remains the subject of negotiation at EU level. If it transpires that the ‘lessee’ controls the value, then no further action will be required and the entitlements will be established in the name of the Company. If however the person named controls the value, then he will need to transfer that value to the company. This will be accomplished either by a permanent transfer under the 2014 scheme or, depending on the outcome of the negotiations, by a private contract clause in 2015. Whatever the mechanism used, it is important that the value of the leased entitlements be available to the Company for the calculation of new entitlements in 2015.

The person concerned may wish to contact the newly established 2015 Direct Payments Information Centre at 0761 064438 or CAPdirectpayments@agriculture.gov.ie to discuss his circumstances in more detail.