Dáil Éireann - Volume 530 - 08 February, 2001
Written Answers. - Grant Payments.
Mr. Deenihan Mr. Deenihan
26. Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources if recipients of forest premia since 1992 will qualify for the recently increased premium rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1172/01]
Mr. Fahey Mr. Fahey
Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Fahey): Following discussions with the European Commission, the Minister of State, Deputy Byrne, announced in March last significant increases averaging 30% in the rates of annual forest premium for those planting from 1 October 1999. However, despite protracted negotiations, the European Commission refused to agree to similar increases for those who planted before that date.
I am now considering possible funding from the Exchequer for those who planted prior to 1 October 1999. In view of the State aids aspect, any decision to have the costs borne by the Exchequer would require Commission agreement.
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