Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Ceisteanna (21)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

21. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of money spent to date broken down between EU funding and national funding under each heading of the current 2007-13 rural development plan; the allocation for the programme under each heading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21472/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Under the current approved financial plan in the Rural Development Programme 2007 - 2013 [RDP] close on €4.8Bn is allocated at programme level. This amount includes an allocation of EAFRD funding of €2.49Bn. Since the launch of the RDP expenditure under the programme up to the end of March 2013 amounted to €3.8Bn. This represents close on 79% of the total value of the Programme and 85% of the EAFRD amount. Axes 1 and 2 of the Rural Development Programme are administered by my Department while Axes 3 and 4 are delivered by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Details of the allocation and expenditure per measure under the RDP up to the end of March 2013 are set out in the table. This table does not include funds already committed but not as yet claimed.

The programme, like all national spending, is subject to ongoing budgetary constraints but is configured to maximise all available EU funding. Ireland’s draw down rate under the Programme has been among the highest of EU Member States over the lifetime of the current Programme.

Spending under a number of measures may continue until the end of 2015 and this will provide considerable scope to allow all measures to spend up to their full allocation. Adjustments have already been made to the RDP financial plan and will continue to be made to the end of the Programme in order to achieve the fullest possible draw down of available funds having regard to available national funding.

Axis / Measure

Total

RDP

Allocation

€m

EAFRD and Exchequer Expenditure

2007 – March 2013

€m

Of which EAFRD spend

Of which Exchequer spend

AXIS 1 – Competitiveness

Vocational training (REPS)

5,675,440

7,227,927

4,120,729

3,107,198

Installation Aid

12,261,081

12,892,430

6,504,938

6,387,492

Early Retirement

219,188,239

216,450,154

115,915,664

100,534,490

Farm Modernisation

154,570,446

80,054,052

47,251,733

32,802,319

TOTAL AXIS 1

391,695,206

316,624,563

173,793,064

142,831,499

Axis 2 – Environment and land management

Less Favoured Areas

1,617,984,198

1,295,213,902

712,367,647

582,846,255

Natura 2000

528,582,998

89,717,139

50,226,637

39,490,502

Agri-environment

1,922,493,570

1,929,663,382

1,076,014,860

853,648,544

TOTAL AXIS 2

4,069,060,766

3,314,594,423

1,838,609,144

1,475,985,301

Axis 3

Broadband

17,884,000

0

0

0

TOTAL AXIS 3

17,884,000

0

0

0

Axis 4

Competitiveness – Food Projects.

5,000,000

89,554

76,120

13,434

Implementing Local Development Strategies – Quality of Life

265,470,511

118,145,071

78,894,141

39,250,930

Co-operation Projects

7,878,000

2,124,193

1,505,080

619,113

Running of LAGS

62,464,000

52,727,893

33,935,170

18,792,723

TOTAL AXIS 4

340,812,511

173,086,711

114,410,511

58,676,200

Axis 5 – Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

6,000,000

1,441,575

720,789

720,786

OVERALL RDP

4,825,452,483

3,805,747,272

2,127,533,508

1,687,213,786