Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (825)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

825. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a remote sensing inspection will take place for a person (details supplied) relating to the person's ANC application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45491/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named submitted a 2019 Basic Payment/Areas of Natural Constraints Schemes application on the 8th May 2019. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including, in some cases, remote sensing (i.e. satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

The application of the person named was the subject of a Remote Sensing land eligibility inspection and he was notified by letter on 7th October 2019 of the initial inspection findings, which identified an over-declaration in area. This letter afforded the person named the opportunity to submit his comments on the inspection findings and comments were received on 11th October 2019. In order to address the concerns raised by the person named, a field visit was arranged to verify the position on the ground.

This field visit took place on 25th October and the outcome is now being processed. On completion of this process, the person named will be notified of the final inspection findings. Further processing of payments under both BPS and ANC will then be undertaken with the aim of issuing any payments due shortly thereafter.

In the event that the person named is dissatisfied with the findings of the final inspection, they can request a review of the decision, details on this will be set out in the final notification letter.