Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (169)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

169. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the funds allocated to Ireland over the 2014 to 2020 period and expended in each year to date; the breakdown between Exchequer funding and EU funding (details supplied), in tabular form. [47067/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports the actions of EU countries to provide material / food assistance to the most deprived.  Funding of €3.8 billion is available via the Fund between 2014 and 2020.  Each Member State has to match this with a minimum of 15% national funding.

The total value of the fund in Ireland for the period 2014 to 2020 is €26.7m, €4m of which will come from the Irish Exchequer.

The distribution of FEAD product in Ireland began in July 2016.  The delay was due to the need to ensure that suitable governance and distribution procedures were in place.  Reimbursements are made in arrears and to date my Department has made two successful claims for reimbursement from the EU.  A third claim for reimbursement will be made before the end of 2019.  The breakdown of payments from the exchequer and EU reimbursements are set out in table 1.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Table 1: FEAD breakdown between Exchequer Funding and EU Reimbursements 2014 - 2019

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Exchequer

Funding

Nil

€35,664

€1.9m

€2.9

€5.5m

€4.6m

EU Reimbursement

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

€4.6m

€261,925