Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Questions (219)

Sandra McLellan


219. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Number 344 of 6 October 2015, the status of the appeal concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44899/15]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

An application under the Review of Entitlements measure of the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme was submitted online on the 27 May 2015 in which the person named requested to have her entitlements topped up to the national average under the ‘force majeure’ category of the National Reserve.

Under EU Regulation ‘force majeure’ is defined as:

(a) The death of the beneficiary;

(b) Long-term professional incapacity of beneficiary;

(c) A severe natural disaster gravely affecting the holding;

(d) The accidental destruction of livestock buildings on the holding;

(e) An epizootic or a plant disease affecting part or all of the beneficiary’s livestock or crops respectively;

(f) Expropriation of all or a part of the holding if that expropriation could not have been anticipated on the day of lodging the application.

As the circumstances outlined do not pertain to the person named, she does not qualify under Force Majeure. A further appeal was made under the ‘Specific disadvantage’ category of the National Reserve on the 17 September, 2015. This appeal is processed and a letter has issued to the person named informing her of the outcome of the appeal which was also unsuccessful. In 2014, the person named received a total payment including Grassland Sheep Scheme of €2,438.28. Under the convergence model of the new CAP reform the person named will benefit from an increased value to her entitlements. Her total payment including greening will reach approximately €6,166 by 2019. This will result in an increase of approximately 150% from her 2014 Direct Payments.