Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (419)

Tom Neville


419. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a further inspection will be carried out in the case of a person (details supplied) regarding cross-compliance issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46223/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Under the Terms and Conditions of the Basic Payment Scheme and other EU-funded schemes, an applicant, as well as meeting the scheme criteria, must also comply with EU regulatory requirements relating to Cross Compliance.

An inspection in respect of Bovine Animal Identification and Registration requirements under Cross Compliance was carried out by my Department on 21st August 2019. This inspection identified a number of breaches of these requirements which resulted in a 5% penalty being applied against the Direct Payments Schemes and other EU-funded schemes, where applicable.

The person named was notified of the inspection findings by means of a formal notification letter on 1st October 2019. A review request has been received and is currently being examined. The person named will be notified directly of the outcome as soon as the review process is completed.

An official from my Department has been in direct contact with the person named regarding this matter and the details supplied by the Deputy have been brought to the attention of the reviewing officer.

If the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, the decision can be appealed to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office, within 3 months.