Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (972)

Tony McLoughlin

Question:

972. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the options a person (details supplied) has to buy entitlements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13190/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Basic Payment Scheme National Reserve was introduced in 2015 and provides for an allocation of payment entitlements to eligible applicants under the two mandatory priority categories of ‘young farmer’ and ‘new entrant to farming’.  The person named has confirmed that he does not meet the eligibility criteria for applicants under the National Reserve.

The option to lease or buy payment entitlements is available to all active farmers under the Basic Payment Scheme.  Pursuant to Article 34.4 of EU Regulation 1307/2013, a 20% clawback applies to the sale of entitlements without land.  Leases of payment entitlements, with or without land, and sales of payment entitlements with land are carried out without any clawback of entitlements.