IFA president John Bryan has repeated his call on the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to take personal control of the land eligibility issue, and go back to Brussels and insist that retrospective penalties are not unfairly imposed on thousands of farmers over EU land eligibility issues.
He said said the doubling of penalties since 2012 has angered farmers who had previous claims accepted.
He said Minister Coveney has to make it clear in Brussels that it is unacceptable that land deemed eligible previously, and paid on by the Department, is now considered ineligible. He said the Minister must negotiate an amnesty with the EU Commission to remove retrospective penalties.
“Farmers having to make adjustments to the 2013 application is one thing, but retrospective penalties are not acceptable. In addition, all land available to the farmer must be allowable to reduce any eligibility problem,” he said.