Dáil Éireann - Volume 589 - 07 October, 2004
Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.
Ms Enright Ms Enright
101. Ms Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason the early retirement scheme from farming has not been index-linked in line with inflation; if she will consider introducing such a measure; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23801/04]
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan: The rate of pension payable under  the 1994 scheme of early retirement from farming is the maximum provided for by the EU Council regulation under which the scheme was introduced. The regulation does not provide for indexation of payments.
My Department’s proposals for the current early retirement scheme, which commenced on 27 November 2000 and is one of the measures in the CAP rural development plan for the period 2000-06, included provision for annual increases in pension over the period of the plan. The European Commission rejected this proposal and insisted on legal grounds that a fixed rate be set instead.
Dáil Éireann 589 Written Answers. Farm Retirement Scheme.