Under EU Regulations governing the Basic Payment Scheme Member States were obliged to definitively establish Entitlements for all farmers prior to 31 May 2016. In this regard the definitive establishment of Entitlements was completed for 127,000 farmers in Ireland on 31st May 2016. In order to definitively establish Entitlements for a farmer all their Transfer of Entitlement applications must be processed to completion. In a small number of cases, 106 in total, it was not possible to complete a Transfer of Entitlements application by the May deadline, mainly due to outstanding documentary evidence pertaining to the Transfer.
Following the definitive establishment of Entitlements clarification was required from the EU Commission regarding the methodology for processing remaining Entitlement related applications including Transfer cases. This clarification has now been received and arrangements are being made to process the remaining Transfer applications as soon as possible.