Published: Tue, 04 February 2014
Need for a pragmatic approach to dealing with SFP claw back
Seán Kelly MEP has called for a swift resolution to the on-going problems arising from the new satellite mapping system which is causing hardship for farmers.
“I have met with numerous farmers and farm groups regarding the on-going problems, and it is impossible to understand how farmers, through no fault of their own, are being hit in the pocket with disproportionate penalties and claw backs,” explained the Fine Gael MEP for Ireland South.
“I have written to Minister Coveney asking him to take on board my proposals to address the issue,” he explained.
“My four point plan involves:
“I believe that this plan is feasible and implementable in the short to medium term and I express confidence in the good judgment and excellent work of Minister Coveney in taking on board my proposals,” said MEP Kelly.
“I have also raised these points with European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, who is sympathetic to the concerns raised,” he concluded.