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Minister Smith confirms publication of certain details of EU payments

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, today confirmed that his Department would be publishing certain details of beneficiaries of CAP payments later this month.

Minister Smith pointed out that the requirement to publish these details is directly applicable and mandatory in all EU Member States. The details which will be published will be the beneficiaries name, their partial address and payments funded or co-funded by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) or the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Minister Smith said that under the terms of an EU Council Regulation, his Department was obliged to publish data relating to payments made under the Early Retirement Scheme, Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS) and compensatory Allowances in Less Favoured Areas by 30th September. The Minister said that the information being published at this time would relate to payments made between 1st January 2007 and 15th October 2007.

The Minister said that his Department would be publishing certain details before the end of April 2009 of payments made under the Farm Improvement and Young Farmers' Installation Aid Schemes as well as Single Farm Payments. These details would relate to payments made between 16th October 2007 and 15th October 2008.

These publication rules apply to beneficiaries of all EU funds, including the Structural and Cohesion Funds, and not just to CAP beneficiaries, and are part of a general initiative by the EU to improve transparency and accountability. Such details are already published in many Member States.

Minister Smith said that the requirement to publish these details should be seen against the negotiation by the Government of an EU-funded CAP package of approximately €12 billion for the Irish Agri-Food sector for the period 2007-2013.

The Minister said it was important to note that all information being published related to historical payments made at least six months prior to publication.

The Minister also urged those farmers who had not yet submitted their bank details to the Department to do so as soon as possible given that, with effect from 16th October next, all CAP payments will be made only by electronic transfer to bank, building society, credit union or post office accounts. Failure to submit the relevant details may result in payments being delayed.

Date Released: 02 September 2008