Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions (153)

Michael P. Kitt

Question:

153. Deputy Michael P. Kitt asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide details of the penalty that prevented payment of a single farm payment in December 2013 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14253/14]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The 2012 Single Payment application of the person named was selected for Satellite Inspection, following which an over-claim of greater than 50% was confirmed. Consequently, as per the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme, no payment was made in respect of the 2012 Scheme year. In addition, an administrative fine amounting to the value of the Single Payment on the number of hectares over-declared was offset against any EU payment due to the applicant during the course of the three calendar years following the year in which the determination was made.

A letter issued to the person named on 19 December 2012 informing him of the inspection result and of his right of appeal. The administrative fine was deducted from the second instalment of the 2013 Single Payment of the person named in December 2013.