Thursday, 1 February 2018

Questions (244)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

244. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline his views on having a yellow card approach for cross-compliance inspections as pertains with land eligibility checks. [5161/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The EU regulations governing the Cross Compliance regime provides that where a breach of any of the requirements is deemed to be minor and remedial action is taken within a specified period, no monetary sanction will apply.

The "Yellow Card" provision in relation to land eligibility checks applies to those cases where a determined over-declaration in area is greater than 3% or 2 hectares, but does not exceed 10%. For such cases the penalty will be further reduced by 50%, subject to specific additional criteria.

My Department applies both of these provisions.