Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (717)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

717. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers who will receive 2017 basic payment scheme refunds under the financial discipline rule by county; and the value of these refunds by county. [31212/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

In the context of the annual budgetary procedure of the European Union, the financial discipline mechanism which is implemented by the Member States involves a monetary deduction (1.4% for the 2018 reduction) from some direct payments thereby creating a financial Crisis Reserve for the European Union.

The crisis reserve is intended to provide additional support for the agricultural sector in the case of major crises affecting agricultural production or distribution. In the event that the Crisis Reserve is not activated in the financial year, or it is not fully utilised, the balance not used is refunded to farmers in the subsequent financial year. 

The number of farmers and the amount paid to date per county for those cases that have received a financial discipline reimbursement with respect to deductions made the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme year in accordance with EU regulations is provided below.

Additional cases may become eligible for a reimbursement as ongoing processing of cases take place.  Any such cases will be paid when the next reimbursement with regards to the 2017 scheme year takes place.

County

No. of Farmers

Total Financial Discipline Reimbursement as of 09/07/19

CARLOW

1,377

€270,789

CAVAN

3,697

€354,261

CLARE

4,957

€488,800

CORK

10,845

€1,760,633

DONEGAL

5,902

€579,264

DUBLIN

490

€98,525

GALWAY

8,686

€816,378

KERRY

6,068

€700,249

KILDARE

1,667

€360,171

KILKENNY

2,908

€591,159

LAOIS

2,429

€429,352

LEITRIM

2,427

€186,616

LIMERICK

4,092

€550,719

LONGFORD

1,835

€194,835

LOUTH

1,170

€217,734

MAYO

8,087

€657,552

MEATH

2,845

€534,821

MONAGHAN

2,984

€275,307

OFFALY

2,472

€392,524

ROSCOMMON

4,435

€401,590

SLIGO

2,784

€231,085

TIPPERARY

5,874

€1,081,593

WATERFORD

2,011

€428,297

WESTMEATH

2,433

€360,484

WEXFORD

3,378

€672,874

WICKLOW

1,768

€328,118

Totals

97,621

€12,963,730