Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (155)

John Paul Phelan

Ceist:

159 Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to extend agri environment options scheme to new entrants and those exiting the REP scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23247/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

I am actively considering the possibility of re-opening the Agri-environmental Options Scheme to allow for the submission of applications either on an amended basis from the existing scheme and/or on a limited scale and, in particular, the possibility of re-opening for applications later in the year with a possible closing date for applications of end September and a commencement date for new participants of January 2013.

Any decision to re-open AEOS will be taken in the context of 2013 Estimate in order to remain within the agreed expenditure ceiling for my Department in 2013.