Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (138)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

138. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reasons for linear reductions applied to a single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. [21617/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application under the 2013 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) was received from the person named on 9 May 2013. Processing of this application was finalised with payment issuing in two instalments to the nominated bank account of the person named on 14 November 2013 and 2 December 2013.

Payments under the 2013 SPS scheme were made on clear applications on 16 October and 1 December 2013 which is part of the 2014 European Union financial year. As 2014 is part of the new European Union Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), it was necessary for the Commission to propose changes to the Budget to take into account that the Budget was likely to be exceeded and the need to establish a crises reserve referred to in the Conclusions of the European Council on the MFF.

Accordingly, a deduction, under financial discipline, of 2.453658% was applied to all payments over €2,000 made to applicants under the 2013 SPS. This deduction was applied proportionately to the payments that issued to the person named.